At a young age, Keerthana had to witness her grandmother fight blood cancer and she learned very early on what a terrible impact the illness makes on the patient and their family.
When DKMS-BMST held a registration drive at IIHM Bangalore, Keerthana realized that by registering she could help someone in their fight against blood cancer, so she registered herself as a potential donor. Three years later, she got the opportunity of a lifetime; to help save a patient’s life.
Keerthana shares her account of becoming a lifesaver-
“I first heard about stem cell donation during a donor registration drive held by DKMS-BMST in my college campus. After learning more about the cause, I decided to be a part of it. A stem cell donation is a simple, harmless process through which I could potentially save someone’s life, so it was an easy decision to make.
I knew how rare the chances of finding a match were, so I was very surprised that I came up as a match! It felt good to have the opportunity to help someone in need. My family supported me and they were proud that I was going to help save a life.
There wasn’t much preparing to do before the donation. I just made sure to eat properly and be healthy enough to go through with it. I started taking the GCSF injections to increase the stem cell count in my body. It happened over a course of 4 days and on the 5th day I went in for the donation.
I was a bit anxious on the day of collection, but the DKMS-BMST team were very helpful in calming my nerves. They supported me throughout the process. They maintained a friendly and peaceful environment, ensured I was comfortable and even ordered my favorite food when I was done with the donation. They were a great support system and they made this experience so much better for me.
I felt fine after the donation. There were no complications or side effects. The DKMS-BMST team called and checked up on me, even after I was back home. I felt really gratified of what I had done. It’s not everyday that you get to save someone’s life! I just hope everything works out for the recipient. I wish them the best of luck and to have a wonderful life. I hope I get the chance to meet them someday.
Message for all
Not everyone knows what stem cell donation is and how it can save a patient’s life. I wish more people come forward and try to understand the importance of this cause. It can give hope to a patient and their family. It’s a simple process with no complications. It doesn’t require effort and it won’t impact your future. Please come forward and register today!”
How you can help
If you’d like to register as a potential blood stem cell donor you can check your eligibility and sign up today at
Anyone aged between 18-55 years and in general good health can go on standby as a potential lifesaver. If you're not eligible or you're already registered, check out some of the other ways to get involved in the fight against blood cancer.