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#1 aaamusements

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:52 PM

Then firstly be very grateful!
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Secondly its come to my attention (via the Jackpotty Forums Facebook group of all places) that some people are relying on receiving donations of stem cells to help them to fight blood cancers.

In 90% of cases donating stem cells is not a particularly difficult or painful process these days. Its usually only a bit more complicated than giving blood. You could literally be donating something that will be essential to save someones life, and you dont have to give away one of your kidneys to do so!

Sadly I know that a lot of us wont be eligible to do this - the conditions are very specific, especially the age limit. But if one person out of everyone who sees this is eligible, signs up and donates and helps someone to beat this terrible disease then it will have been a very good thing.

Heres the link:
https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/swabforlife

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:09 PM

Checked it out but unable to help as I am diabetic :( 



#3 Matty.N

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:11 PM

Signed up about 18 months go, not had a call up but always a chance!



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 03:44 PM

I hope a lot of the younger FME members will take it up if they’re eligible...

You don’t look at life at their age like you do when you get ‘a little older’, but sadly, if we did so, then older age when you get their wouldn’t be such a pain in the arse!

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 06:42 PM

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Although its preferable that youre young, it turns out that its not not necessarily crucial - it looks like you can register up to the age of 55.

Ive changed the thread title and urge people to go through the eligibility checker to see if they can register via the link above.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:01 PM

Wow - I'm not even too fat - registering now...



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:53 PM

diabetic



#8 barcrest junky

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:17 PM

Done,thanks Alex for highlighting this worthy cause. 



#9 stanmarsh14

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:41 PM

I'm already a blood donor (Due to donate any day now, but been difficult to get in to the Nottingham Donor Centre), and awhile back, did a signup for bone marrow too..... 2 years back, I very nearly got called up for a bone marrow donation, but was ill at the time, so could not donate.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:05 AM

Bit of a story that may make you laugh, as to how I first became a blood donor.

Was working for Boots @ their HQ in Nottingham at the time, a few months previous, having had a load of dental work done due to neglect, as my old dentist was a right butcher, and as a result, gave me quite a fear of needles.

NBS had come to the D31 canteen on a collection drive, and was talking to one of me workmates, knowing I had not long been through the dental work, with a mental idea of using the blood drive as a way to get over my needle fear.

Turns up for donation, and explained my fear to the collection staff, who thought I was a bit bonkers, but if I ever needed a good excuse to get over such a fear, this was it..... kept telling myself stop being a selfish c***, you are helping someone else out, that whom was facing a much more grim outlook..... over 17 years later, still donating!

Bottom line is folks, if you can donate (Be it something as simple as blood, or Alex's stem cell suggestion), then do it, and don't let some fear that I had stop you..... even if it's just something as simple as blood donation.

If you are already a blood donor and considering bone marrow too, the NBS can arrange that at the time of donation also..... This time of year is often a hard time with blood donations, so if you can, DO IT!

You are not even forced to use central donation centres if you are some distance away from one (Fortunately I can get to mine, just a matter of timing at the mo), with collections done in many local areas, which can be found on their main site.

https://www.blood.co.uk/


Edited by stanmarsh14, 07 December 2017 - 07:15 AM.


#11 stanmarsh14

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 09:54 AM

Tight squeeze, but managed to get in with one of the local donation places....

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#12 ricardo de ponsa

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 10:09 PM

Sadly I've got to hang on to the bits I have left and be grateful, can't afford to give anything away these days !!!!. Although I was glad the other day to be able to make a withdrawal at my local sperm bank !!!!


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#13 barcrest junky

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 10:05 PM

Off to give platelets and plasma tomorrow.  Last one before Christmas.



#14 ricardo de ponsa

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 10:26 PM

Off to give platelets and plasma tomorrow.  Last one before Christmas.

Nice One B.J., as long as yer not giving blood !!!!

 

Here's a bit of advice from an O.A.P. Hang on to everything you have, cos you WILL need it later.....Oh Yes !!!!

 

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#15 elvis82

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 03:36 PM

Interesting post,,my 9 yr old girl starts chemo in march,,been ill for nearly 2 years now,,blood transfusions and platelet transfusions all the time,liver biospy about 6 times,,actually have birmingham childrens hosp tomorrow for liver biospy as shes going yellow again,,was 1point away from liver transplant last year,,donating stem cells/blood,,,anything,,hands down to those that do ,,much love elvis

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 04:52 AM

I hold a full donor card, am on the bone marrow register and donate blood regularly.

 

I have told my immediate family that if (when) I die, they can harvest whatever they want. It's no good to me if i'm dead so I hope people can live a better life when I die.


Edited by unclechicken, 10 December 2017 - 04:53 AM.


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 12:33 PM

Done,thanks Alex for highlighting this worthy cause.


Kit arrived in the post this morning, so will be swabbing later.
 
 

Off to give platelets and plasma tomorrow.  Last one before Christmas.


For those not on F/B this is me led in the bed on Saturday at the end of a 2 hour stint giving 2 units of platelets and 1 unit of plasma. The student nurse who put the needle in was the gentlest I'd ever had, but she accidentally left a blue switch on the wrong way, so we had to start again, hence 2 hours! Normally I get it done in about 75 minutes and unlike blood doning they pile with you with tea and biscuits whilst you donate. Free wifi too.

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