Post-surgery update – it was a success on all levels, the necessary amount of bone marrow has gone winging its’ way to the recipient, and whilst a bit tired and bruised I feel pretty good!
Learning that my recipient is a young boy feels really fitting, as I joined the scheme as part of Joel’s campaign – and it’s especially heartening as a child has a better chance of recovery too.
Not that I ever thought I would, but I genuinely have no regrets at all and feel very pleased to have been able to help somebody like this.
In that vein, please consider registering if you are eligible at Anthony Nolan or, if over 30, Delete Blood Cancer
I discovered today that we have a little over 500k registered in the UK. Germany have more than 4 million, and a high proportion of UK sufferers of blood cancer owe thanks to that given the genetic similarities between us and the Germans leading to more matches.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could follow their lead and achieve that kind of number of would-be donors?
Just a short update this time, fear not! I’ve arrived safe and sound at the London Clinic and am currently sipping orange juice watching Deal or No Deal!
Tomorrow morning is the operation, then the deed is done!
As before, if you’re 30 or under please consider joining the register at Anthony Nolan. If you’re aged 31-55 then you can register at Delete Blood Cancer.
Thanks! And see you on the other side!
Probably for the first and last time I elected to do a video blog in the run-up to my operation tomorrow to donate stem cells to somebody suffering from Leukaemia or Lymphoma. Somehow the more human touch of talking felt nicer than trying to write stuff down, which I’ve done before anyway.
It was a one-take job so excuse the fumbling for words and errant cockatiel, but hopefully it gets the point across I wanted to.
Should you feel inspired, please visit Anthony Nolan online and get yourself registered. Thanks!
If you fall outside of their fairly stringent age range (which I now do!) then you can also register for bone marrow donation at Delete Blood Cancer online and get yourself registered if you are 55 or under.