7 September 2018
Claire registered as a blood stem cell donor in 2013/14 after seeing a patient appeal. Earlier this year she received the call to say she was a match for a patient. Here, she kindle shares her experience with us.
Claire's blood stem cell donation experience
I registered myself and my husband with DKMS in 2013/14 after I saw an appeal for a toddler who needed a bone marrow transplant. I received and returned the swabs and, to be honest, forgot all about it until April 2018 when I got a phone call saying that I had been matched with a patient who needed a stem cell donation. The process from that point was surprisingly easy for me, the procedure was clearly explained, appointments were made around my availability and I was reassured by all of the precautions in place to ensure that the health of both myself and recipient were carefully considered.In all my dealings with the clinic, I found the staff extremely friendly and helpful.
I donated via PBSC and, although I am notoriously difficult to get a cannula in, my wonderful nurse had some great tactics to make it easier and relatively painfree. I was entertained throughout the process by the ipads in the hospital and the lunch was amazing!
Afterwards, all I was left with was a bruise on one arm which I can hardly complain about considering what the recipient must be going though.
I feel privileged that I have been able to do this for someone and hope the person who received my donation is now on the road to recovery.
Thank you DKMS! X
How you can become a blood stem cell donor
If you've been inspired by Claire's story, you can register to become a blood stem cell donor today. If you're not eligible, or would like to help in other ways, there are plenty of activities for you to get involved in!