Full story to come, but briefly—all done! Intense and exhausting (even though I just sat in a comfy chair for many hours each day and listened to the big chugging machine give my blood the best exercise it ever had), but not hard at all. I experienced no side effects, and they were able to harvest even more cells than needed. (See below, the bag on the far right, about 2 hours into the process on day 1.)
ABOUT THIS BLOG
This blog chronicles my experience donating bone marrow—specifically, Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSC). As I was getting ready to donate, I found it helpful to read personal accounts of others who had already been through the process (see Links page). I'm adding my own story to that body of anecdotes in hopes that it might answer someone else's questions. To read from the very beginning, start here.
NOTE: Clicking on the "Continue reading" link will take you to a longer version of the post that includes my thoughts from a Jewish and spiritual point of view.
THE WHOLE STORY