A friend of mine, Miss Whitney, may very well have saved a life today. She’s a fellow nursing student but she didn’t do something in the conventional sense (like CPR on a patient) but rather she did something extremely self-less. She donated bone marrow. To a STRANGER.
Apparently she’s been on the donor registry for a few years now but just got a call a few weeks ago saying she was the perfect match for a woman with leukemia and asked if she would still be willing to donate. Without hesitation she said yes and that’s what lead to today.
This week she had to take crazy medications (one of which she let me shoot her up with – that’s how crazy she is!! he he) to get ready for her donation. Today she went to the hospital about an hour away and went through a process in which she put strain and stress on her body just to give a part of herself away. I won’t tell the whole story because she does it much better than I ever could. You can check it out here. Oh and she’s adorable so click on over just to see her smiling face.
Whitney has been an inspiration to me and because of her I should now be on the national registry. It used to be complicated to find a donation site and get signed up but it’s not anymore. All you have to do is go to BeTheMatch. Once you get there you just fill out a form and if you’re eligible they will send you a packet and instructions to send back a few cheek swabs. Could it be any easier??!! Of course not. So please go do it. I sent my off early last week and hope that if I’m ever in the position to pay it forward like Whitney did today, that I will be able to give that gift too.