According to the unscientific data rolling around in my head (ie: sound bites of things I've learned these past few months that a scholarly writer should confirm before writing about), a person's siblings are their best hope for a perfect bone marrow match. My father is fortunate because he has THREE siblings (crazy, rabbit-like grandparents I have). Each sibling has about a 25% chance of being a bone marrow match.
After years of meaning to get to that, I also joined the bone marrow donor registry. The odds of being a match with my dad are about 1:500 (err... remember, not scientific on this blog), but I hope and pray that I get that call someday! I will RUN to the hospital, perhaps even snubbing the Anesthetist as I joyfully give my healthy bone marrow to a stranger.
Keeping slightly on the subject, I would like to personally thank all of the Pennsylvania tax payers for helping us out and keeping my babies insured over the past 2 years. I'm THRILLED to announce that I now have a job that provides all of us with great health insurance. Both the CHIP and the WIC programs helped this family by providing health care for the kids and food for the family. As a middle class, hard working, educated woman, it's tempting to hide the fact that we accepted public assistance. However, I want more people to see the faces of those accepting public assistance. Perhaps I can shift some paradigms by being more vocal and transparent?
- SIGN UP FOR THE BONE MARROW REGISTRY (I'm not even gonna say please, just DO IT!).
- Oh, and as for not ONE perfect match for my dad... NOPE, HE HAS TWO PERFECT MATCHES! (as for the 4th sibling who is not a match with anyone... uhh... shall we blame the mailman?)