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Show Of Hands September 16th, 2012 12:00am

Would you donate your bone marrow to save the life of a stranger?

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EarlyBird Portland
09/16/12 9:19 am

For those interested:

09/16/12 12:43 pm


What kind of life they lead?

What a cold attitude. I hope you are not passing on your genes or anything to anyone walking this earth.

goldy California
09/16/12 12:45 pm

Nope, too painful. I don't think that makes me selfish... but whatever.

EarlyBird Portland
09/16/12 9:20 am

NiteOwl - great minds think alike :-)

09/18/12 10:29 pm

Anonymously, no. Someone came and asked me, yes.

09/16/12 9:27 am

I would, but people with certain medical conditions can't donate. Can't donate blood either. Have a blood clotting disorder.

kateXcore Dark side of the moon
09/16/12 9:29 am

No. I heard its very painful. I don't do well with pain.

09/16/12 9:30 am

To those that said yes: you are aware if hiw very, incredibly painful the process is, right?

09/16/12 1:01 pm

@preemiedoc, that's so nice!

FyndFyre Moon Base Alpha
09/17/12 3:23 pm

Having matching bone marrow with someone is rare. It's not like blood type, where you're either A, B, AB, or O. There are only a handful of people in the world with the same kind of bone marrow as you. It would be selfish not to donate to save someone's life.

jms in the middle of Nowhere
09/16/12 9:38 am

Zab- how painful is dying because you couldn't get a marrow transplant when you needed it? How selfish to say no when the only reason is because you're afraid of a little pain?
Then again, I've given birth 4 times. A needle in the back or hip is no big deal!!!
I registered to be a donor years ago.

09/16/12 1:10 pm

@BrettRichards, no high horse here. Simply cannot believe fellow humans place the value of temporal pain over a human life. That indeed disgusts me, as it should you and every other human.

09/16/12 1:14 pm

@goldy, it's a life at stake! The pain involved is like asking, would I suffer being beat beat up to rescue another human. Heaven help me, we ALL should reply yes. It's a life vs. personal discomfort.

mwaters379 Connecticut
09/16/12 9:40 am

World doesn't care for me so fuck everyone.. I wouldn't donate.. But if someone wants to buy my marrow then we can talk.. Besides everything is about money now anyways., not about being united as a human race..

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
09/17/12 11:40 am

I don't think I can since i have a neurological disorder..and medications

jms in the middle of Nowhere
09/16/12 9:41 am

Robin- your body is continually creating more. If you donate, you're not going to miss it. And it will be replaced within a short time.

09/17/12 12:35 am

@IMO Donation doesn't work like that! Do a little research,

09/16/12 5:40 pm

What the heck is wrong with Wyoming lol

hexin Wisconsin
09/18/12 11:03 pm

If they asked, sure. Otherwise I wouldn't take the initiative myself, so voted no.

spindrift take the red pill
09/16/12 1:30 pm

Nah, my strong marrow would rape the. With GVHD in no time flat. They'd just die a more painful death

argyrosfenix Wisconsin
09/17/12 1:06 am

There are certain disease processes and cancers that disallow individuals from donating anything (blood or tissue). I fall into one of those categories, so I regretfully chose NO.

Used to be listed as an organ donor too...

brianparks69 charlotte
09/20/12 9:49 pm

I imagine we would all hope someone would donate to us if we were in that position, so why not? My youngest brother did it and the patient lived. I am in the register, but have not been contacted yet

EarlyBird Portland
09/16/12 9:52 am

Zab - haha... women are usually able to deal with the pain.
After all, we give birth!

FakeSound Arizona
09/17/12 2:16 am

It would hurt like a motherfucker, but someone's life is worth my pain.

cornybread The Large Malus Fruit
09/17/12 9:27 pm

@dlinz001 no you make a good point. it's just something that I've gotten to know about myself over the years. when I was little I was very highly reactive to the smallest discomforts, such as my mom braiding my hair and pulling a little too hard.

not_even Boston, MA
09/17/12 12:05 pm

The process is painful. However think of those who need it to survive and how much pain they must be in.

JHawk3205 MD
09/17/12 9:27 pm

Back of my license reads organ donor- does that count?

thinker2 nc
09/16/12 1:46 pm

No spinal tap involved. Usually all they do is give you an injection for a little while to increase your own marrow production. Then they take some blood from your arm for donation. It doesn't have to be very painful at all. Been on registry for 2 yrs.

lin512 Texas
09/16/12 10:04 am

I would because someone donated theirs to save my Dad. Pay it forward.

pudgster Hawaii
09/23/12 2:16 am

Wow. It's amazing how many people voted yes... I wonder how many of them ever attempted to find a match. Unless you give blood, the blood bank will most likely never contact you regarding bone marrow...

09/16/12 1:48 pm

Yeah I would! Already did! Everyone should join the national bone marrow registry. The surgery was not bad at all and I got to save a life of a 13 year old girl.

cornybread The Large Malus Fruit
09/17/12 9:30 pm

I also had over active tactile sensation so in preschool I went frequently for occupational therapy. when I was 10 I had an endoscopy and even under the maximum amount of anesthesia, I apparently was still reacting during the procedure.

cornybread The Large Malus Fruit
09/17/12 9:32 pm

I can put up with shots and blood tests, but giving bone marrow is scary. the needle is way bigger and they stick it into your bone. I'd like to be able to do it someday, but right now it's something that I shy away from.

cornybread The Large Malus Fruit
09/18/12 3:44 pm

@tanner904 that's disgusting. why would you try to make other people feel like crap? that's judgemental and kind of ignorant. it's great that so many people are willing to donate, but you don't know other people's reasons for not doing so.

09/16/12 6:29 pm

That stuff hurts but I'd do it.

09/18/12 8:39 am

Why the hell not?? My best friend died when he was 12 and I was 13 of bone marrow cancer I'm 33 now and will always remember him we were friends since kindergarten it was very painful to give then not now. Consider ur self a POS if u wouldn't give!!

09/20/12 8:22 pm

Yes, doesn't mean I have to like it :|

nice_atheist Connecticut
09/16/12 1:57 pm

I just learned 33% of people are complete jerks.

emmbeedee Arkansas
09/18/12 8:31 pm

I've been in the registry since 1992. I got called once, but someone else was a better match.

09/16/12 6:52 pm

Everyone that said yes go sign up to be a registered donor,

09/16/12 2:09 pm

Depends on how old they are. If its a 99 year old man then no, I'm going to need it for longer. A 10 year old kid? Yes.

niteowl Hold Fast
09/16/12 10:28 am

EarlyBird, I joined too! Yes, great minds. :)