World Marrow Donor Day: Denise’s Story

Posted September 17th, 2016 by Be The Match and filed in News
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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.”img_20160908_135805

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-de-sousaDenise 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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6 Responses to “World Marrow Donor Day: Denise’s Story”

  1. Robert slater says:

    I would like to sign up or do what I have to do to donate bone marrow if someone he needs it

  2. Andrew Morgan says:

    I donate on a regular basis Platelets every 2or 3 weeks.Though since the beginning ive never done a bone marrow donation, I was called to fill out some paperwork but thats it.I have O positive blood so you would think it would be easy.

  3. Roxanne Bentrim says:

    Hat’s off to all of you that have signed up for a Marrow Donor. I am on the other end of been the donor. 2013 some wonderful man gave to be a donor. He saved my life and I will forever be grateful. I have not meet this outstanding man, but a day does not go bye, without saying Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • Be The Match says:

      Roxanne- thank you for sharing, that is so incredible! We are so glad to hear you found a donor and we can only imagine how grateful you must be for him!

  4. Roxanne Bentrim says:

    Hat’s off to all of you that have signed up for a Marrow Donor. I am on the other end of being the donor. 2013 some wonderful man gave to be a donor. He saved my life and I will forever be grateful. I have not meet this outstanding man, but a day does not go bye, without saying Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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