Category Archives: Bone Marrow Donation

blood stem cells are collected through bone marrow aspiration in the hip bones in about 25% of the cases – usually for children needing a stem cell transplant.

My Life Saver is Revealed

A week and a half after my 2nd “re-birthday,” the MUD (Matched Unrelated Donor) Transplant Coordinator from Northside Hospital phoned me. “I have the information about your donor. Would you like me to email it to you?” Dana asked. “YES, please!!! [shriek here]” I responded. And then I promptly hung up the phone. Oops! I… Read More »

Facts About Marrow & Blood Stem Cell Donation — FAQ’s

I was a blood donor beginning in college and continuing into my mid-30’s.  I didn’t know much about bone marrow transplants until I was told I need one to live beyond 18 months to 2 years. I quickly learned about the process, the risks, and the challenges of finding a donor “match”. It wasn’t until… Read More »

Hope = Reasonable Expectations

Six Month Post-SCT Assessment Gives Me Hope February 3, 2014:  The news is good. My Dear Donor’s hematapoietic (blood forming) stem cells are engrafted in my bones. My bone marrow is not hard and fibrotic like it was six months ago. We hope it once again becomes a gracious host for the marrow and stem… Read More »

Life Saving Eagle Scout Project: Building the Marrow Donor Registry

Tween Saves Lives When the time came for my nephew Patrick to design a project for his Eagle Scout, he decided to take on something that is usually done by adults. He organized a registry drive to get healthy adults to join the National Marrow Donor Registry.  Did I mention he is 12 years old?… Read More »

The Call and The Twitter

The CALL Yesterday afternoon I received “The Call” we’ve been hoping for. I had to pull the car off the road so I could concentrate. It was my stem cell transplant coordinator. She said that there are 2 perfect matching donors (10 for 10 match of HLA tissue sequence) for me. One of them is… Read More »

These Tired Bones Need a Makeover

After several days of tests and consultations with experts at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, I returned home with a worse-than-expected diagnosis. Here’s the quickie Bad News/Good News version:My bone marrow has gone from over-achievement to under-achievement. Instead of producing too many red blood cells, it is now in the “spent phase” and is not producing enough… Read More »