Soon to Be Stem Cell Donor

I’m only superstitious some of the time. I have no problem walking under a ladder or stepping on a crack or even with black cats (I love you, Chuck).
However, I am superstitious about next Tuesday.

It’s only a week away, but so much could go wrong. I’m nervous, excited and terrified all at the same time. I am ready to scream and can’t keep this secret about the donation inside any longer.

For those that may not have read my January 2010 (part one and two) posts, here’s the quick recap. I was lying on the beach in Key West, FL when I got the call that I was officially “Luke’s” bone marrow match – aka, the anonymous recipient of my peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC). I was honored to be able to make such a difference in one person’s life. Then, a little over a week before the February 1 donation date, I received a call that Luke was in the ICU.

My donation was canceled. They didn’t reschedule.

Believe it or not, twenty months later, this month, I received another call from Be the Match saying that Luke was healthy enough to receive the donation.

So here I am: one week prior to the donation and so many emotions are going through me. I wanted to write this post weeks ago when I found out I was going to donate, but was nervous. That silly little thing called superstition and the fear that my past blog posts jinxed my donation. Will this post cause some sort of problem to occur over the next week?

Over the next week, please think of Luke. Send your prayers to wherever you send your prayers and hope that my nervous, needle fearing self will get to go to the Annandale Apheresis Center next Tuesday to donate my PBSC.

If you’re not in the National Bone Marrow Registry, check out the do-it-yourself kit to register from home. You can also come to our Blood Drive/Bone Marrow Registry on October 27 at the 16th Street J.

What a great way to save a life!

(And if you know any good superstitions for keeping away jinxes, let me know.)


7 Responses

  1. That is so honorable! 🙂

  2. Hang in there couz….What a gift, You are amazing!

  3. It is great to hear about your donation. I am preparing to donate stem cells for my brother in about 48 hours. I have learned recently that there are many people who really need and appreciate what you are doing.

  4. God bless you for taking even a minor risk to make such a difference to another. There is no such thing as a “jinx”, just occasional bad coincidences.

    Instead of thinking about the needle, think about how your life would be affected if you needed the transplant and someone did the same thing for you.

  5. […] Those who’ve read my blog postings, part 1 and 2, know that Luke is the name I’ve given to the recipient of my Peripheral Blood Stem Cells. On August 30, I did what I hope will save Luke’s life. What a surreal experience! Now it’s a waiting game. I was told that no news is good news, and that I will be updated on Luke’s condition the first week of October. Cross your fingers (part 3). […]

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  7. I will be tested to see if I am a match for stem cell donation to my 58 year old brother, suffering from an aggressive Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He did the treatment 2 years ago with the collecting of his own cells but his cancer has returned. His Doctors feel not much is left to do, so I will of course be there for him if I can. We realise there are no guarantees.

    Ric Gene Watson

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