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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Teen's Life Saved By Bone Marrow Transplant

Two matters: Dee Dee and I spent 9 hours at COH yesterday because I was up most of Friday night with coughing spells. The lingering, hacking cough I had experienced for several weeks was not getting better on its own or with over-the-counter medication. Friday night was the worst, so we resolved to call COH and they asked us to come in to the ETC. X-rays confirmed that there are signs still of the pneumonia that I thought I was over (it may have returned). We are home today and back on more, stronger antibiotics. Expecting to see some real improvement in a few days.

One of the frequent questions I am asked: What is the difference between bone marrow and stem cell transplants?

While two different procedures, bone marrow (BMT) and stem cell (SCT) transplants both save lives. Needless to say, my curiosity and advocacy for recruiting donors has become one of those very important matters. Here is a somewhat dated video clip on the topic and a BMT drive that took place in Minnesota. Every locality has similar efforts at one time or another, but like blood and organ donations, the need far exceeds supply.

It's become a life or death situation for thousands of people in Minnesota and across the world. They're waiting, and hoping for a bone marrow transplant. You'll soon be seeing a new Public Service Announcement campaigning to get people to donate.

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