I'm Om Pandey, a 25-year-old data scientist in Bangalore. Beyond work, I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling. A LinkedIn post in April 2022 inspired me to register as a potential blood stem cell donor with DKMS-BMST, adding a unique dimension to my journey as a potential blood stem cell donor.
The decision to sign up as a potential blood stem cell donor stemmed from my extensive research on the topic. Understanding that a stem cell transplant could be a patient's lifeline, I felt a strong sense of responsibility to contribute and do my part. There was simply no reason not to sign up, and with that conviction, I embarked on a journey to make a difference.
While I didn't have a direct personal connection or a patient case in my environment, my dedication to the cause was powerful nonetheless. I followed a healthy diet a week before and after the procedure to prepare for the donation. Despite some initial anxiety, my confidence was grounded in thorough research that assured me of the process's safety.
There was a feeling of excitement stemming from the possibility of potentially saving a life, mixed with a bit of anxiety, particularly given that I had never donated blood before. Despite some apprehension, the actual process went smoothly.
The highlight of the day was when the DKMS staff made a grand entrance with certificates and accompanied by a camera crew. At that moment, a rush of emotions enveloped me, and I was overwhelmed with a sense of achievement. The certificates symbolized not just a physical contribution but a significant and impactful act of generosity.
After the donation
In the days following the donation, I experienced some weakness, but it quickly subsided. The DKMS team continued to follow up on my health status, inviting me to their events and interviews. The entire post-donation period felt like another amazing experience, reinforcing the sense of fulfillment that comes with giving back.
Message for all
My message for my recipient is, "I really hope you get better and recover well and have a very happy life ahead." To the world, I encourage everyone to sign up and make a real difference by offering hope to those in need. If you get lucky, you can be someone's hero too!
My journey as a blood stem cell donor shows the power of a single individual to make a significant impact on another person's life. Every one of us should come forward and do our part for society. I hope my experience serves as an inspiration for all, reminding us that each one of us has the potential to be a hero in someone else's life.
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 dkms-bmts.org/register
Anyone aged between 18-55 years and generally in 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.