You know if I inspired anyone to join the registry that would be wonderful. I know what it's like to live with chronic pain and it would really be a blessing to know in someway I made a difference for someone else. Thanks for your kind words!
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I am not allowed either. Hepatitis in 1971. Lifetime banishment unless the rules have changed.
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Your post may indeed inspire others to think of getting on the registry. Thank you
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Oh, I'm so sorry!
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I am sorry. I donate plasma a few times a month.. (I work at a center as a lead phlebotomist). Over the years I have met people we made medicines for and it makes me strive to do the best job that I can!
I'd be thrilled as well if I were called, since I, too, have been on the list for years. Hopefully it wouldn't be within the next six months, since you're not allowed to donate if you've had cancer, & I had a carcinoid tumor in my lung (the kind that, once removed, is the cure!) & one lobe removed in July, & was told I can't even donate blood for a year following surgery. I totally understand how you feel.
Thanks for all the wonderful responses, I am very disappointed and I surely wouldn't want to make anyone sick by what I have it's just another thing that having Lyme and Fibro has taken away from me. My husband was shocked that I didn't even talk it over with him and just picked up the phone and was going to do it, but that's why we both had out names on the list. I said when we signed those papers we made a commitment to whoever would need us so I thought you knew that if ever called I'd just do it. I'm still very disappointed that I can't and I've been praying that the person that I matched finds someone else. Please keep this person in your prayers! As for the person that did donate you should be very proud of yourself for helping the life you did, your a hero! It does sound weird that you can't donate again after so many years but that's probably so you won't be in harms way. God Bless you for what you did for that person who needed your help!
I can't donate blood because my veins are to small, but I can donate time and send prayers to those in need. Your a wonderful person and even though you couldn't donate there are other ways to help and you alone just wanting to give a part of you to help others is a blessing!
I can't even donate blood, because I lived in Europe for over 5 years. They say it's because there is no test for "mad cow disease" in humans.
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Just by posting this you may be helping- have you ever thought that someone that never had considered donating might read your post and develop and interest? We all help in different ways, find another way that you can help someone.
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You did not let anyone down! You were willing to go all the way through with it, which is more than a lot of perfectly healthy people would be willing to do. I have respect and admiration for you for wanting to help.
I know of people who won't even donate blood just because they are afraid of a needle! A needle stick is nothing compared to being willing to go through surgery for a stranger.
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I'm on the bone marrow donor list but have never been asked to donate yet i also donate blood ever 4month and i feel so fantastic after doing it the other day i was talking to a work mate while at work about donating and a customer came over to me and said how thankful she was cause her grandchildren need blood ever month
I'm so sorry that you're going through that disappointment. However, I can see their point of view - if there were anything blood-related to your problems; they would not want to pass it on to the recipient, especially based on why they needed your donation in the first place.
My situation is a little different.
I've already been a donor (in the US). Now, Canadian Blood Services won't even put me on the list because they say I've already donated. Does that make sense? Not to me. I'm going in with eyes wide open. I went through the injections for a week, and then two 4-5 hour donation episodes (because of geographical distance, they were keeping extra on hand in case it was needed). However, that was 2009. Donating that way means your own body replenishes it, similar to any blood donation.
I'm so sorry for your disappointment, but you should feel wonderful about yourself that you were willing to go the extra mile for someone else that you didn't even know. So sorry for the pain (physical and emotional) you're going through.
I received a letter in the mail saying I was a match for someone (bone marrow) I immediately called to see what had to be done. The thought of being able to save someones life made me feel so good inside. I have been on the list at the bank for over 15 yrs! The lady explained everything to me how the procedure would be done and if not the surgical procedure how they'd give me injections to increase my blood cells for a week and then draw blood.... I couldn't find how old the person was that needed my help , that was something I'd find out if I went through with it. After speaking for a half hour on the phone I learned that I couldn't do it cause of my chronic Lyme and Fibromyalgia....... I was so deflated! I so know what it's like to be sick and live in chronic pain and the thought of being able to help someone felt good... My husband was in shock that I didn't even think twice about calling and even my son was concerned, but just the thought of helping someone made me pick up the phone immediately... I was so disappointed when I found out I couldn't , I said to the woman you sure? she said yes.... I said that's too bad I'd of done it..... she said I can hear your disappointed and she thanked me anyways... I just feel like somewhere out there I let someone down, but tonight I'll be sending prayers their way that they find someone else.....
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