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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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Sam95 Nebraska
09/16/12 11:05 am

Complete stranger or family/friend of course I would. I've heard its super painful (and I cant stand pain) but I honestly don't care. The pain probably doesn't last long afterwards anyways. Knowing that I helped somebody would make me feel better.

09/16/12 10:50 am

I am embarrassed by the selfishness of the 35%. Disgusting.

09/16/12 10:46 am

god no! Survival of the fittest.

jms in the middle of Nowhere
09/16/12 10:41 am

Mwaters- it's so sad you see life that way. It's totally contradictory when you say the world is all about money instead of unity because you're helping make it that way by saying you'd talk price for marrow instead of giving it to someone suffering. Unity is brought about by giving of ourselves.

09/16/12 10:31 am

I've had marrow drawn for testing. So, yes, I know how painful.

I still can't believe others would let someone die - all because they may experience pain & discomfort in the short-term. Sad.

09/16/12 10:29 am

Extraction of bone morrow is about the most painful thing that can happen to you.

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

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

lin512 Texas
09/16/12 10:04 am

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

EarlyBird Portland
09/16/12 9:52 am

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

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.

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..

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 9:30 am

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

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 9:27 am

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

EarlyBird Portland
09/16/12 9:20 am

NiteOwl - great minds think alike :-)

EarlyBird Portland
09/16/12 9:19 am

For those interested:

09/16/12 9:16 am

I do wanted to save it in case i needed it. But right now the stranger needs it more than I do. So i let it have it.

EarlyBird Portland
09/16/12 9:15 am

Yes! I just registered this morning.
I can't believe the timing of this question!
They go in through your lower back with a needle. When the procedure is done, the only discomfort will be feeling like you got kicked by a horse in lower back.
I hope they find a match for me!

niteowl Hold Fast
09/16/12 9:13 am

@kytoaltoky, you join the Be a Match donor program and they send you a kit. They need a swab of your cheeks cells which you then send back and they store your cell info in the database. If someone needs a transplant and you are a match, you'll get a call. More info here:

yepnope Maryland
09/16/12 9:11 am

How can you say yes if you haven't already done this?

Zod Above Pugetropolis
09/16/12 9:08 am

I'm reluctant to commit to the discomfort and risk associated with donating bone marrow for someone I don't know. I would consider a PBSC donation when it becomes more common and the side effects and long term risks associated with the filgrastim injections are more reliably defined.

bt09 Fan District
09/16/12 9:07 am

It's a different story for the recipient though...they have a painful procedure and recovery ahead

bt09 Fan District
09/16/12 9:03 am

Yo do not actually give your marrow. No surgical procedure to take your marrow when you donate. You simply give blood cells. It is a great idea to be on the list. They just draw blood. This can answer many of your questions:

bnnt Los Angeles
09/16/12 8:53 am

If I were a fit, yes. Can't imagine being asked, then saying no, and the person dies. I don't think I could live with that.

not_even Boston, MA
09/16/12 8:44 am

Yes. I have plenty of it to go around!

cowboy Doors of Perception
09/16/12 8:42 am

A complete stranger? No. A loved one? Definitely.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
09/16/12 8:40 am

I want to say Yes, but I have some health issues & am my Dad's sole caretaker, so I'm afraid the recovery would be too much for us.

09/16/12 8:28 am

How would that work? Is there a database of bone marrow donors? Can bone marrow be stored effectively? I could be swayed, I suppose, but I'm saying "no" for now. It's always "yes" for the right person in the right situation.

09/16/12 8:28 am

I would put the life of another over my personal (and temporary) pain. Without a doubt: YES!