Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Dawn has done great since the transplant. A few moments of pain or nausea but mostly doing good.
It's Thanksgiving and we're so thankful for those who've registered and donated their marrow and cords. We're also thankful that on April 16th, 2003 a mother gave birth and donated the cord blood that Dawn received on Tuesday. I know Dawn is thankful for all of you who have been following her journey and sending her notes of encouragment. She reads them all and they make her day a bit brighter. I know she's also thankful that this blog has helped those of you out there on your own journey battling leukemia.
I recently got my kit to become a bone marrow donor and yesterday I'm proud to have joined the bone marrow registry. I know there are many leukemia patients without bone marrow matches who's families are having a hard time finding things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Hopefully with this being the holiday season of thanks and giving, we can get more people signed up to become bone marrow donors. I wanted to share with you in pictures just how easy it is to join the registry.
1. Goto http://www.marrow.org/ and register. You'll fill out some information and pay $52.00 to cover to the cost of the kit and testing to get you registered.
2. After registering online, you'll receive a cheek swab kit (below) in the mail as well as some other literature (not shown).
3. There are easy directions. (click on the picture to read)
4. Using one of the 4 swabs, after swallowing, rub the inside of your cheek for 10 seconds.
5. Using the included bar code stickers, wrap the end of the swab to identify you during testing.
6. Place the swab in the foam holder then repeat with the three other swabs. You should use each swab in a different area of your inner cheek. (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left)
7. You'll place a "bio hazard" sticker on the folder to secure it closed. Then place it in the pre-paid envelope.
8. Mail it and you're done! Congrats!