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AIBU to ask you to save a life (maybe)

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Stillyummy Tue 19-May-15 16:26:23

Inspired by other posters regarding blood donation I have decided to ask you for help on my behalf. I am currently pregnant so have had to come off the register of bone marrow donation list until after my pregnancy. So I was wondering if I could ask those of you between 16 and 30 to join the register in my (temporary) absence. After all, you never know when you, a relative or friend may need a donor.

All you need to do is sign up to the Anthony Nolan register at https://www.anthonynolan.org/apply-join-bone-marrow-register . They send you a spit kit in the post so that you can do a quick saliva sample. That's it- you can then continue as normal, staying on the register until you are 60.

You will be contacted if your a genetic match for a patient with blood cancer or a blood disorder needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant.

It is a common misconception that it will be very painful and involve a lengthy medical procedure to be a donor. In fact, most people (9 out of 10) donate their stem cells in a quick and easy process similar to giving blood.

I posted in AIBU for traffic, witch I hate others doing, but this really is a good cause... So please forgive me.

Stillyummy Tue 19-May-15 16:48:56

www.anthonynolan.org/apply-join-bone-marrow-register

fiveacres Tue 19-May-15 16:50:57

Would love to; unfortunately I have been rejected countless times! Most infuriating. I have to settle for donating my organs should I die.

Stillyummy Tue 19-May-15 16:52:49

Well I defo appreciate you trying flowers

FortyFacedFuckers Tue 19-May-15 16:56:46

I joined in 2011 when my 3 year old nephew was diagnosed with leukaemia, I wasn't his match but he thankfully got a match from someone in Germany and is now a happy, healthy, wonderful 7 year old.

Pengweng Tue 19-May-15 16:57:22

Do you know if i can register if I've had a blood transfusion? I know i'm not allowed to donate blood any more because of that so i imagine it might be similar.

Pengweng Tue 19-May-15 16:59:36

Sorry i've just checked and i can not. I'll ask DH though. He always donates blood as very grateful for blood donations saving me during epic bleed out during c section.

Weathergames Tue 19-May-15 17:00:35

Ironically you can't register if you have had a blood transfusion - like me sad

Stillyummy Tue 19-May-15 17:04:31

There are some strict cryteria but I guess they are needed to keep people safe. Please don't be disheartened and spread the word so that as many people as possible that can be in the list are xx

Stevie77 Tue 19-May-15 17:05:36

Sadly I am too old sad

I wonder why you can only register up to 30yo but will remain on the register until much older...

PacificDogwood Tue 19-May-15 17:12:24

YANBU, obviously wink

For those of you who are told you are too old to got on the register with Antony Nolan try Delete Blood Cancer. It's a European wide organisation who were happy to have me (49) grin

SoldierBear Tue 19-May-15 19:08:35

I totally agree with this. I've been on the register for over 20 years.
Another thing for regular blood donors to consider is donating plasma. The blood transfusion service will be able to give you details. Some blood groups are preferred - I'm A- which is one of the ones they really like for some reason.

BicycleGasoline Tue 19-May-15 20:41:13

Can I add a big thank you to all who are on the register for donating anything. My little boy was 20 months old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia 3 months ago. In that time he has had no fewer than 20 transfusions of either blood or platelets. Each and every one has been a factor in keeping him alive and I'm so grateful to those people who donated. He will need lots more transfusions in the course of his treatment, which is going well and he is expected to make a full recovery. But a stem cell transplant via donated bone marrow is a possible course of action should he relapse. So yes, please donate/register. Thank you!

slushie Tue 19-May-15 20:46:14

I'm on the nhs bone marrow register. Is the Anthony Nolan one a totally separate register?

SoldierBear Tue 19-May-15 20:47:20

Wishing your little boy all the very best, Bicycle.
And to you also.

ChuffinAda Tue 19-May-15 20:48:10

Would love to but I have horrific sciatica and neuropathic pain issues which precludes me from registering

Happy to spread the word though

PacificDogwood Tue 19-May-15 20:48:12

Bicycle thanks

PHANTOMnamechanger Tue 19-May-15 20:49:27

weathergames me too sad. I had a massive PPH after delivering DD1 and needed 3 units, up till then I had been a regular blood donor since 18. DD herself has also needed a transfusion in childhood, so will never be able to be a blood donor.

PHANTOMnamechanger Tue 19-May-15 20:50:54

Oh bicycle wishing you and your son lots of strength and a full recovery flowers

RandomMess Tue 19-May-15 20:51:43

Was on the register but am now too old!!! Also too pumped full of drugs to give blood as well.

Have a bump though.

Are you not able to donate bone marrow if you've received blood? I was told it wasnt an issue.

ThatBloodyWoman Tue 19-May-15 20:55:06

I've been on the register a long time.
About 15 years ago I was a possible match and had to go and have extra tests done,but sadly didn't come up as a match.
Anyone who can,please put your name down.

FFSletmechangemyname Tue 19-May-15 20:55:41

I'm already I the delete blood cancer one as too old for the other.

Ihavemyownname Tue 19-May-15 20:55:52

You can ask to join the same time as you give blood

lunar1 Tue 19-May-15 20:56:53

They rejected me for psoriasis, I can still give blood though.

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