who is a registered bone marrow donator?

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    Mar 31, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    I am going to the registering site to see if I can medical get cleared. I hope I can make a difference in another person's life.
    Has anyone done the testing for it. I know that they do blood specimen from the brachial vein or draw some tissue from the pelvis bone.
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    Mar 31, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    I never heard of this. I'm a registered organ donor. How does this differ?
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    Mar 31, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    Yup and a registered organ donor icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 31, 2013 12:49 AM GMT
    yes!
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    Mar 31, 2013 5:10 AM GMT
    I need all my bone marrow and when it dries out, I'll suck the bone marrow from a young buck so my bones can stay looking young and beautiful...because that's what bone marrow vampires do.
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    Mar 31, 2013 5:24 AM GMT
    ART_DECO saidI never heard of this. I'm a registered organ donor. How does this differ?

    Organ donor = donate after you die.
    Bone marrow donor = donate while you're still alive.
  • stratavos

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    Mar 31, 2013 5:53 AM GMT
    I am. it's funny they'll take my marrow, but they won't take my blood... go figure >.>
  • monet

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    Mar 31, 2013 6:21 AM GMT
    I've been a registered bone marrow donor for about 25 years.

    They just draw a small blood sample from your arm.

    I've never been contacted to donate marrow.
  • Medjai

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    Mar 31, 2013 6:30 AM GMT
    I would be if they accepted donations from MSM.
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    Mar 31, 2013 8:48 AM GMT
    Medjai saidI would be if they accepted donations from MSM.

    Men with Methylsulfonylmethane?
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    Mar 31, 2013 10:04 AM GMT
    I'm registered with Anthony Nolan here in the UK - you click online and if you match the criteria, they send you a pack with includes a pit to spit in. You send this back and then they contact you to confirm you are on the match register.

    There's a shortage of doners - especially Asian people - so do it if you can!!
  • monet

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    Mar 31, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
    FAQ's about bone marrow donation:

    http://marrow.org/Registry_Members/Donation/Donation_FAQs.aspx
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    Mar 31, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    Yes marrow and Organ....................... and was called once( for marrow donation) and worked up as a possible match for someone but then they found a better match. Can't say I was sad cause I wasn't ready to take time off work to donate at that point. I would have if I was needed though. Can't be stingy with ma marrow. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 31, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    ART_DECO saidI never heard of this. I'm a registered organ donor. How does this differ?

    Organ donor = donate after you die.
    Bone marrow donor = donate while you're still alive.

    Thanks, I never heard this. I know about bone marrow donations, but I thought they were sorta 1-time deals among mostly family members for compatibility. I didn't know there was a registry.

    I'll ask my doctor, because I'll help if I can. Of concern to me would be my having been already blacklisted from making blood donations. Which may even make my being an organ donor on my driver's license a hollow gesture now.

    Right after 9/11 I tried to donate blood (and had been a frequent donor previously), but was asked whether I'm gay. Can't remember being asked that before, but I honestly, and foolishly, answered yes. I was then told I was barred from giving blood for life, my SSN now entered into a national data base of ineligible blood donors. Doesn't matter than I'm HIV- and never had an STD in my life. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 31, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    Yes. Registered last year, after watching a show on 20/20.
  • Medjai

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    Mar 31, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    FranciscoC said
    Medjai saidI would be if they accepted donations from MSM.

    Men with Methylsulfonylmethane?


    Men who have sex with men.
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    Apr 01, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    Organ and bone marrow donor in Australial and the U.S as well .
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    Apr 02, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    I know that is a question they asked.
    blinded I said yes to be fully honest about having sex with a man.
    but they said gay men are more likely to get hiv and stds.

    I tried to register with a different email and birthdate but did not work. So I am going to register in person at the Air Force Base to do the blood work.

    Personally, I have never had sex without a condom. I never done drugs- even dip or cigarettes.

    Oh, I love trying to be ethnical when trying to help people.
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    Apr 02, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    My mother found a bone marrow donor a few years ago, when she needed transplant because of Leukemia! Thank God for that girl...twas a 27 year old from Michigan. The doctor said anything closer a match for my mother would have been an identical twin!

    Amazing.
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    Apr 02, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    I registered with the National Marrow Donor Program years ago before I came out and had forgotten all about it.

    Then, two years ago I received an "urgent" letter from a cancer institute telling me that I was an appropriate match for a young girl with leukemia. They requested that I fill out a questionnaire ASAP to determine whether I was still eligible to donate.

    The only thing that had changed was that I was now gay. Needless to say, I wasn't considered a suitable match any more.

    I will always wondered whether they found a substitute match.
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    Apr 02, 2013 5:13 AM GMT
    ithnku8micr8on saidMy mother found a bone marrow donor a few years ago, when she needed transplant because of Leukemia! Thank God for that girl...twas a 27 year old from Michigan. The doctor said anything closer a match for my mother would have been an identical twin!

    Amazing.

    I'm very happy to hear this! And makes me more resolved to learn if I can become a donor myself. I left a message with my doctor today, will try again tomorrow.
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    Apr 02, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    When I was home in Orange County Santa Ana about 3 years ago visiting my family, this red cross clinic was trying to get a male-Asian 30s type bone marrow to save this UCLA kid from cancer I believe. I registered with them ever since, they used a cotton swap to check my saliva/genes types. I think my blood didn't match his blood type though, I'm AB and he's O. But Yeah I'm registered with them.
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    Apr 03, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
    I'm registered with the Caitlin Raymond International Registry and also an organ donor. I've yet to be matched with someone and my organs will have to wait.