|How awesome is that envelope?|
Nobody had told me that all I had to do was to visit http://www.marrow.org/ and order my own free kit. It was super easy- you fill out your forms online, they send you a kit, you take your own samples, and BOOM! You're on the list!
But surely, it can't be THAT easy, can it?
I took five, yes, five, minutes off from my studying to get my samples this afternoon. It only took that long because I was posing for pictures. (Many thanks to Our Mary Poppins for photographing!)
|My kit came in the mail while we were away|
|Always read the instructions!|
|Preparation was simple- open this stuff|
|Putting the swabs into the kit...|
|Postage is pre-paid, and it's done! Super easy! You could even do it drunk! (But don't.)|
Took a final exam. (Un examen final en español!)
Did two loads of laundry.
Picked tomatoes from my garden.
Got on the National Bone Marrow registry.
Ate a sandwich.
For some reason, being on the donor registry really seems to scare people. I don't understand why. Yes, it probably doesn't feel too great, physically, to donate marrow. But in reality, those sorts of donations are NOT the majority- usually it's a lot more like donating blood. You just need to take some injected drugs for a while before you donate. And even if a person DOES need your bone marrow? Doesn't it feel better to know that you're saving somebody's life than it hurts to have some minor surgery?
I certainly think so.
Save a life. Get on the registry. Be the Match!