Thursday, November 27, 2008

From Mike: Becoming a registered donor in pictures

Update: Thanksgiving dinner picture! Food wasn't bad for hospital food!

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 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!


Tara said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
You look great in the pics!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading all about your journey! My brother was in a room 3 rooms down from you- 5026. He went home the other day, but I have been trying to follow you and see how that transplant is going. It is so very exciting!!! I totally agree with Mike about donating that bone marrow. I actually was %100 match for my brother. We did a transplant 3 years ago. Minimal pain and huge rewards!!! Thanks for being so brave to share your story!!! Prayers and Blessings coming your way!!! God Bless You!!!
Malena Valdeabella and Hoeger Family

Annie - Steven's mom said...

Hi Mike and Dawn!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all's SO good to read that you are doing well, Dawn.
And Mike - thanks for joining the registry! If Steven ever needs a transplant due to his CML, he now has yet another chance at a match. Thank You!
Love and light
Steven's mom

kris gruca said...

Happy Thanksgiving Dawn, Mike and family! My family all send their love as well. They remember that year you came and shared Thanksgiving with us Dawn. They were saddened to hear what you are going through but they were really happy about your transplant. They all said hi and wish you well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the updates while Dawn isn't able to post. Spending Thanksgiving with your Mom and Gina but at Thanksgiving dinner we all said a special prayer for Dawn's speedy recovery and that she would be free from pain. Glad to hear all is going well so far. God bless and keep us posted.
Grandpa Tony & Nancy

Tricia said...

Hi Dawn. I hope you are feeling well today :). I recently came across your blog while searching for information on CML. My sister Adrienne, 23, was recently diagnosed. Up until about a month ago, I knew nothing about CML. I have now been logging on daily to see how you are doing. I am sending you my strength and many, many prayers for a fast recovery. You are an amazing woman! Thanks so much for sharing your journey. God Bless you! Tricia Mulik, Pittsburgh, PA

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,

It looks like your Dad still has some
Dew left in his soda bottle. Hope he finished it. You can't waste a good Mountain DEW!