ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Stem Cell Donation

Updated on September 1, 2017

Why stem cell donors are needed.

My Story..

I don't recall exactly when I registered as a donor for The Anthony Nolan Trust, though I do know it was many years ago in my late teens. Neither do I recall where I joined the register, I do recall Anthony Nolan being in the news and media and his mothers plight at not being able to find a suitable donor for him. Like everyone else at the time, I was sad to read that Anthony did not survive his illness. I'm certain that sad story is why I joined and the fact that I have faith in the generosity of people and believing someone out there would most probably donate for me or my loved ones if ever need be!

In all these years I have given a couple of blood samples as I may have been a potential match to someone but there never was a match! However this third potential match to a patient turned out to be a compatible match which quite surprised me! For the third time, I had taken the blood sample kit that I received off the trust to my local clinic and after the nurse drew off my blood and safely packaged the container, I sent it back by mail to Anthony Nolan. I was expecting to receive letters as previous, stating that I was not a match and thank you for your time!

You are compatible.

I made the phone call and agreed to donate.

Following correspondence by telephone and mail It was confirmed that I should attend a medical examination at ROYAL FREE HOSPITAL,LONDON,UK. The date was set for 10:00am on the 6th of April 2010.

It was agreed with the trust that I should travel to London with my wife as companion and we were driving to the hospital by car! I was remunerated my expenses for the day and my wife booked a day off work! The charity promised to remunerate my wife her loss of earnings for the day too, but we chose not to accept! We saved all of our receipts for petrol and parking etcetera!

The hospital is within the LONDON CONGESTION ZONE and the necessary congestion fee should be paid in advance which can be easily pre booked online.

At the hospital I was given a thorough examination to determine my fitness to donate and I also had a cardiogram. The staff, the nurses and Doctors were really helpful and friendly throughout the morning! Thankfully I was deemed fit to donate.

Prior to my stem cell harvest day on the 28th April 2010 I would need to have a total of three injections over three days of a drug that promotes stem cell growth, the first two injections would be at my home given by a home visit nurse. The injection is into a fleshy part of the body like the upper arm or abdomen, the injection is not into muscle tissue. The third would be in London the day before my donation took place. Normally the body produces insufficient quantity's of stem cells for efficient harvest and the drug boosts the production of stem cells.

Anthony Nolan made all the necessary arrangements for a two night stay in a hotel near to the Royal Free. All I had to do was to be at the hospital at the designated time for my final injection the day before harvest day. I parked our car in the hotels underground car park for the two day period we were in London. In between visiting the hospital my wife and I managed to fit in a little sightseeing of our capital city. We had a lovely stroll through Hyde park and shopped for souvenirs at the world famous 'Harrods' department store.

I was well prepared and informed, I knew exactly what to expect on the day of my donation. I was allowed to have my wife with me all the time I was there and that the process of harvesting the cells could take up to five hours and all this time would be spent lying on a bed. You aren't allowed to move about when the harvest takes place. Prior to visiting the hospital I bought a few newspapers and magazines from a local newsagent to keep my mind occupied. The oncology nurses were terrific at looking after me and told me every step of what they were doing. I never even felt the needles being inserted, one to take out my blood with the stem cells and the other to put back my blood without stem cells.Even now, I recall the machine clicking away as it counted the cells. After the five hour harvest I was fine, although I do admit to being just a little bored. My wife and I walked back to the hotel for our final night in London.

Would I do it all over again? Without a shadow of doubt, of course I would!

It was a remarkable experience for me, made even more remarkable when just over a year later I received another letter.

In the process of having stem cells harvested in the Oncology ward of The Royal Free Hospital London

Stem Cell harvesting.

It wasn't difficult to help to save someone's life, it just took a little of my time and the determination to see the whole process through to the end!.

I wasn't out of pocket, Anthony Nolan covered all of my expenses and my work place gave me paid leave on compassionate grounds!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)