Rewards vs. Costs

*** READ UPDATE AT BOTTOM AFTER YOU READ THIS POST ***

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been having some trouble with the ole’ back. And my neck too. I’ve been getting done what I need to do around the house and with the kiddies, but this week I have been trying to really give my back and neck some time to heal. Yesterday between loads of laundry and while lying down on a heating pad, I caught up on a few blogs. A friend of a friend was diagnosed with leukemia (specifically CML) a year ago, and I wanted to see how she was doing. While reading her blog I was lead to another blog, and it has really got me thinking.

The author of the “other” blog, Dawn, was a young woman who chronicled her battle with leukemia from diagnosis until her death less than a year later (her boyfriend did the documenting the last few months). Even though Dawn was a stranger to me, I became attached to her and wanted so badly for her to recover and return home to her retardedly cute puppy, wonderful boyfriend and family. I was heartbroken as I read how the treatments for the disease didn’t work and Dawn ultimately died :(. Laced throughout the various posts, she (and her boyfriend) responded to the thousands of readers comments asking how they could help by urging everyone to join the bone marrow donor list (as well as blood donation since she was also in desperate need for plasma). Since I was legally of age, I’ve always been a blood donor (and in the past did it religiously every 2 months), and have donated plasma/platelets through the Red Cross as well. I even looked into becoming a marrow donor years ago after my cousin donated marrow, but I didn’t take action.

Yesterdays read has lead me to learn a little more about bone marrow donation. Joining the bone marrow donor list entails answering a few preliminary questions, ordering a kit, taking a tissue sample by swabbing the inside of your mouth (painless), and returning the sample in the pre-paid envelope. Easy peesy!ย  It does cost $52 to process (see update!!!), which kind of sucks (since you’re already willing to give something… why the crap should you have to PAY for it), but the payoff (um, saving a life. Hello!) is worth the cost. And that’s when it hit me… This is what I want for my Birthday! I want to be a registered bone marrow donor!

I’ve done a lot of reading about what being a donor means as well as the commitment it can take. If you actually end up being a match for someone, it’s not totally pain-free (but not horrible, and is a relatively easy outpatient process), but I think the minimal cost or any short-term personal discomfort is SO worth the possible rewards. The thought that keeps coming through my mind is, “what if one of my children needed a bone marrow transplant, and there was no matching donor?”. If I can help save the life of someone’s son, daughter, sister, brother, parent, or friend, then damn it, count me in! I feel really good about the prospect ofย  making a REAL difference in someone’s life… LITERALLY saving someone’s life. So very cool!

If you have any interest in reading Dawn’s blog, here’s the link: http://www.goshdawnit.com (I love the name ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I was incredibly impressed with her sense of humor and courage (although I would suggest sitting down with a box of Kleenex).

More (most) importantly, when you’ve got a few minutes, visit http://www.marrow.org/index.html and at least think about becoming a bone marrow donor. Check it out… read the Q&A, FAQ, and other pertinent info.

Often my intentions are good, but problems in the world seem so big that I get overwhelmed and feel helpless to really, well, help. Will me recycling this newspaper or milk carton REALLY help? Who knows. Do the clothes I donate to D.I. assist the mentally or physically or economically challenged? Maybe. But because of the nature of donating bone marrow (in that they only “harvest” when there is a match, so there is no “waste”), it’s one thing that you KNOW is going to someone who needs it. And for someone such as myself, who likes instant gratification (even when it comes to service and charity ๐Ÿ™‚ ), this is wonderful!

I get so caught up in my own life and the craziness of it all that I sometimes forget to stop and take stock of how incredibly lucky I am. And how my little “problems” are nothing more than inconveniences comparatively speaking. Yeah, so my back hurts. But I am alive and I am healthy! My children and family are all healthy. And if I can give a little something of myself to help someone else, a little bone poke is worth it :).

***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***

As soon as I finished writing this post, I went to sign up to receive my kit so that I could join the registry. There was a spot for a promotion code (and I had read about a promo code in Dawns blog). I did a little online search and I found one that is active and working. Do you realize what this means!?! This means you can become a registered bone marrow donor at NO COST TO YOU!!! It’s free, suckas! And I should receive my kit within a week :).

Go to the site, register, and when you reach the spot where it asks for a promotion code, enter:

truelife2010

Fill out the rest of the online form and when it asks for your credit card info, don’t enter it… just click “NEXT” at the bottom of the page (you’ll know the promo code worked because your balance will say $0).

So now you really have no good excuse… JOIN TODAY!!!

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4 Comments on “Rewards vs. Costs”

  1. Carla Says:

    What a great idea!!
    I filled out the questionaire and registered..but did not qualify do to my neck problems. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I still give blood when I can. You are great for doing this for someone else. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. meggypoo Says:

    At least you tried Carla, and that’s all that mattered :). I can’t wait to get my kid and maybe someday, my marrow will get sucked outta me. Wait, that’s actually kind of scary ๐Ÿ˜‰


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