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Be The Match

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Over this past weekend I received news that I was not expecting. Two friends & I went to Jacksonville, FL (from Charlotte, NC) to surprise one of our best friends & former co-workers for her birthday. We had a blast.

While we were all together my best friend, the one we traveled to see, non-chalantly told us that there is a problem with her bone marrow & she needs to have more tests. As devastated as the 3 of us were to hear that, we assured her we were all sure that she is fine & continued enjoying our time together. On the drive home, the weight of the news hit us that there could be something seriously wrong with someone we love. We decided to be optimist & not worry until we had more news.

For years I have contemplated joining the National Bone Marrow Registry. I almost joined a few years ago, but had found out I was expecting so put it on hold. Even the thought of my best friend needing marrow jolted me to sign up. At first I was going to wait to see if she even needed me to get tested, but I thought "somebody's best friend, somebody's loved one may need me, so what am I waiting for?"

So I am waiting for my kit to get here. Apparently they now match you with a cheek swab. I am not exactly sure what to expect, just hoping I can "Be The Match".

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    I'm sorry about your friend Joss. There was a news special recently on how much easier it is now to donate bone marrow. You have inspired me to do this as well. I have thought about it many times before and need to actually do it.

    2123 days ago
    That would be great for you and for your friend.
    2125 days ago
    That's very admirable of you, Joss! I hope your friend will find a match and she will be fine. Prayers being sent her way.


    2126 days ago
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