I was watching “Good Morning America” the other day when a cancer patient met the person who gave her bone marrow to save her life. I have always wanted to sign up to volunteer to give my bone marrow for a very sick person but I never really knew how. I thought it was very expensive and incredibly painful; I was wrong.
I signed up this morning and I hope many more people will do the same. I’ve been an organ donor for years ever since my father- in- law had a liver transplant 27 years ago. Without his liver transplant he would never have been able to see us get married or know the two precious grandchildren he has, now 18 and 19. At 87 he plays tennis daily, goes to museums, shows, lectures etc. He is the oldest living liver transplant recipient; how could I not want to donate my organs witnessing this miracle? It’s officially on my driver’s license now.
Robin Roberts is having a bone marrow transplant soon with the help of her sister. She showed me the way to sign up. It’s easy, it doesn’t cost a thing and the first step is to go to WABC’s website and fill out a questionnaire. I haven’t gotten my kit yet but they send you four cotton swabs, you swab your cheek and return it to them. Easy.
I am not a big fan of pain, I am a chronic pain sufferer with Fibromyalgia and an auto-immune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I understand pain. But, I would be happy to have a little more pain to save someone’s life; that I know for sure.
Research it, read about it and then please consider signing up, wouldn’t you like to be the reason a child, a mother, any person, lived?
- Local woman to appear on GMA Wednesday (wcpo.com)