The opportunity to pay back
My wife works for the post office, and this was how we became involved. (Editor’s note: The United States Postal Service’s long partnership with Be The Match has added more than 47,000 donors to the marrow registry.)
But the reason for my donation goes back to before I was born. It hit me like a brick wall when I got the call to possibly be a bone
I’ve finally found a way to repay the person who not only
gave me life, but also saved my life very early on.
My mother’s choice
While pregnant with me, my mother was told she had developed a form of cancer. The doctor told her she could treat the cancer but the baby wouldn’t live through the treatment, or she could bring the baby to full term but she would die because the cancer would be too far along. Without pause, my mother decided the baby would live.
As it turned out, the doctor was wrong and my mother didn’t have cancer. Had she decided to have the treatment, I wouldn’t have been born. Service to others, putting them first before her own needs — that’s how my mother, Mary E. Baughn, lived her life. (After 74 years and two bouts with cancer, Mary passed from this life to her heavenly reward.)
Second thoughts about doing this? Never entered my mind!
I hate needles and my family knew this. They all wondered how I would go through the “pincushion” phase.
Well, it wasn’t that bad. I really never had a lot of pain, even after the marrow collection procedure.
Everyone I talked to at the National Marrow Donor Program, especially my contact person Cindy Hofkes, made me feel like I was the only person they were dealing with. The donation procedure at Miami Valley was a breeze, thanks to all the wonderful people there.
Only a few people get a chance to possibly save a life. Sign up! Be a match!