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getting older ... I hate it

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Soon I will turn 60, which all of a sudden has become a challenge emotionally. The big SIX - O.

When I turned 50 - I was a couch potato not active at all ... or, I had just started to get active. I have had a decade where I have done things I did not think possible. No records in the books, but records competed against myself (and perhaps a few people younger than I).

What recently threw me off ... I found out that I within the next year will be placed on the inactive list for bone marrow donation. For those of you who knows me - people with blood cancers have a special place in my heart, so bone marrow donation is an important act towards a fellow being whose health is affected by a blood cancer.

I would like to ask each one of you reading this - and all your friends - log on to or and ask yourself ... is marrow donation for me (and i hope it is).

Recently you may have heard of a high profile bonemarrow transplant - Robin Robbins if Good Morning America. Her donor was her sister, but it does not have to be a blood relative. A young lady I know in Ohio had a donor from Germany ... after her transplant she got married and work as a teacher.
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  • v GABSTER26
    I have been on the list here in Canada - willing to donate parts of me that are healthy - my blood and my marrow. I registered for this years ago - one never knows when they might be a match - and if or when that happens I will gladly donate......

    1128 days ago
  • v 2WHEELER
    60 is just a number; don't sweat it. I've been on the bone marrow donor list for 20+ years. There was someone at work who needed a bone marrow transplant and they held a "registration day" on campus. I didn't realize that you're off the list at 60--it's not that far away for me.
    1143 days ago
  • v JOE14250
    60 no biggie! much better than pushing up grass and keeping the worms company! I am sure you have lost people in your life younger than you, think about that.

    I just retired and was sad thinking my dad died at 61 in 1965 and never got to enjoy those fruits of his labors. He was a good man and I never got to know him as an adult. Just concentrate on being healthy (of course your here!) and enjoy! It only gets better if you've got the body to carry on. And I love to carry on.
    1165 days ago
  • v BOBBYD31
    your too young to be thinking this way, i just raced against a 72 yr old and 89 yr that kicked my butt. hold your head high in a few weeks on that 60th, you do a lot of good all the time

    1201 days ago
    I did it! I did it! I did it!!

    I've been thinking about this for a while, and when I read your blog, I decided to sign up. Now I just have to wait for my kit. Anemia was not listed on there and my blood should be nice and healthy compared to what it was three years ago.

    If it were not for you, I would not have signed up. I really hope that I can help someone. When I had all of my issues a few years ago, I asked how long until I can donate blood and they said three years, So I have about six months to go until I can.
    1201 days ago
    We run a "Be the Match" event every year. I have been on the list for several years. It is a great cause.
    1203 days ago
    I am going to look into it. I always wanted to but was scared it would hurt when I was younger. As I age, helping others becomes more important.
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