Many years ago, Denise (Brazil) had read some articles and watched TV documentaries about donating organs and bone marrow. When there was a recruitment event in her town in 2010, she jumped at the chance to join the marrow registry. “I didn’t have any concerns” said Denise. “I was happy to join.”
Four years later, she received a call from the Brazilian registry, REDOME. “I was at work and was very surprised,” she said.
There wasn’t a moment when Denise felt afraid, but her family felt otherwise. Initially they were uneasy because they weren’t familiar with the procedure. However, once Denise spoke to the doctor and got the answers her family was looking for, their apprehensions went away. Her friends on the other hand, were really excited about it from the start. A few of them were so inspired by Denise that they have since joined the registry.
Denise went on to donate PBSC. She says that both
the REDOME and the hospital staff made her feel at ease about the process. Leading up to her donation, she had to take some Filgrastim injections. “It was fairly easy,” she commented. Following the donation, Denise didn’t experience any side-effects. She said, “I didn’t need any special care.”
The most memorable moment for was when she received the first update about the patient after the transplant. “It said that he was recovering well. I was EXTREMELY happy!,” she recalls.
Just recently, Denise and her patient, William, started communicating by email.
For William, the transplant was a life or death situation. Although he experienced some rough times, his family and his positive attitude help get him through and is now on the road to recovery. “I value each day that I am alive,” said William. “I thank God every day for my wonderful donor, Denise. For her sacrifice to give me her stem cells.”
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