28-year-old Shubham registered as a stem cell donor in December 2021. His motivation behind registering was simple; he believed in being the change he wanted to see in the world. Nearly two years later, he got the rare opportunity to help save a life.
Shubham shares his story of saving a life -
When I registered as a potential blood stem cell donor, I didn’t realize that it would lead to a life-changing experience. I simply wanted to make a difference. Moreover, a personal connection fueled my desire to help – a family member had battled blood cancer. This experience highlighted the situation’s urgency and the need for more potential donors.
The realization that I could directly help a patient through my donation filled me with purpose. Knowing that a simple act on my part could potentially save a life was exhilarating.
I must admit that I felt a bit anxious at first, especially considering the gravity of the situation. However, with the support of my family and friends, who initially had some concerns but later embraced the cause, I felt confident in my decision. I educated myself about the donation process, consulted with medical professionals, and prepared myself physically and mentally to contribute to the best of my abilities.
The day of the collection arrived, and I began with the final dose of G-CSF Injection. Around 10 am, I went to the collection center, where I underwent necessary checkups before the stem cell collection began. The donation process itself took around 1-2 hours, and though I felt slightly uncomfortable due to the G-CSF injection, it was a small price to pay for the potential to save a life.
After completing the donation, the medical staff cared for me, providing nourishing fruits and healthy food to help me recover. The post-donation period was relatively smooth, with the initial discomfort subsiding quickly, and I did not experience any further health issues.
I want to express to my recipient that it was an absolute honor to donate my stem cells. I genuinely hope that my contribution brings you renewed hope, strength, and improved health. You are in my thoughts, and I am sending you my best wishes for a successful recovery and a brighter future ahead.
To everyone considering stem cell donation, I want to convey that your decision can impact someone's life and potentially save it. This act of selflessness can offer hope, healing, and a second chance to those in need. By joining this life-saving cause, you become a beacon of light for those seeking a cure.
Let us unite as a community and embrace the opportunity to make a difference. Each one of us has the potential to be a hero in someone's life, and through our collective efforts, we can bring hope and healing to those facing the toughest battles.
If you’d like to register as a potential blood stem cell donor, you can check your eligibility and sign up today.
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 already registered, check out some other ways to get involved in the fight against blood cancer.