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LiberalHeart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 08:08 PM
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21. I registered with the Red Cross as bone marrow donor...then there was a match and --
I got a letter from them telling me to contact them ASAP (my phone number had changed and they couldn't reach me by phone). But in the time since I registered, I'd been diagnosed with breast cancer. I had the surgery, no spread, and was clear of cancer for several years. But I was no longer a viable donor for the bone marrow. I tried to persuade them to make the patient aware of me and give that person the choice rather than decide to just toss out someone who matched. They wouldn't budge. So that person never knew I existed. I've often wondered if the patient lived or died.

In that position, I would have wanted to be the one making the decision, rather than having the Red Cross decide if it was worth the risk. For someone to need bone marrow, they're already in a dire condition.
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