26-year-old Bharat, a corporate employee from Rajasthan, has always been passionate about photography, traveling, and riding motorcycles. But there's one aspect of his life that truly gives him a sense of purpose: helping people in need.
He shares his story of becoming a lifesaver -
“It was in 2021, during the COVID pandemic, when I first registered as a potential stem cell donor. I remember scrolling through my Instagram feed when I stumbled upon a story that caught my attention. It was a simple message that read, "You can save a life." Without a second thought, I quickly filled out the registration form.
Ever since I turned 18, I had been donating blood twice a year. The thought of extending my ability to help others and potentially save a life resonated deeply with me. So, when I got the opportunity to do so, I didn’t think twice.
Before my decision to become a stem cell donor, I immersed myself in research. I delved into countless articles and sources, educating myself about stem cell donation and blood cancer. Understanding the gravity of the situation only solidified my commitment and fueled my determination to make a difference.
Before the donation
Though I personally felt confident and prepared for the donation process due to my prior research, I recognized that my family and friends were understandably concerned. They expressed their worries, highlighting the potential risks. I assured them that I had done my homework and understood the process well, but their concern was a reminder of the unwavering support and love they had for me.
In terms of physical preparation, I didn't make any significant changes to my routine. I continued with my regular diet and exercise, ensuring that I was in good health for the donation process. The day of collection arrived, and I was filled with a mix of excitement and curiosity. Stem cell donation was new territory for me, distinct from my previous experiences with blood donation. Nonetheless, I was eager to embark on this journey of potentially saving a life.
After the donation
Fortunately, the time after the donation went smoothly. I experienced no physical or medical complications, and I was grateful for that. I knew that the recipient of my stem cells had a challenging road ahead, and I fervently wished for their speedy recovery.
To my recipient, I would like to say, "Get well soon, dear. It brings me comfort in knowing that we share a connection, no matter how small. I hope that one day we may have the opportunity to meet and share stories. May you find strength and healing in your journey. God bless you."
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