To be able to make a difference in someone's life is an incredible feeling. When 24-year-old Subha registered as a stem cell donor with DKMS-BMST, little did she know that she would soon embark on a life-changing journey.
She shared her incredible story with us, from the thoughts that raced through her mind to the beautiful aftermath of donating her stem cells to a patient battling blood cancer.
Subha’s account -
“When I got the news that I could potentially help a patient with my donation, I felt immense joy. The thought of being able to make a positive impact in someone's life was overwhelming. I eagerly embraced the opportunity to be a part of their journey toward healing and recovery. While I was ready to take the step, my family had concerns, particularly about the GCSF injection. However, their worries were addressed, and they understood the importance of the whole process. Their support and understanding further fueled my determination.
Preparing for the donation involved following the guidance of the medical team. I made sure to incorporate specific foods like cheese, butter, and fat into my diet. This preparation ensured that I was in the best possible condition to provide the much-needed stem cells to my recipient.
The day of the collection arrived, and I was filled with excitement. The collection took around four hours, and I fell asleep during the process, making it more comfortable than I anticipated.
After the Donation
Following the donation, I experienced hunger and tiredness for a day or two. However, these were minor inconveniences compared to the immense satisfaction of knowing that I had potentially made a significant impact on someone's life. I experienced no major side effects or pain during this time.
I want to convey my heartfelt wishes for a swift recovery and a healthy life to my recipient. May all your dreams and aspirations come true, and may the time of your suffering become a distant memory. You are in my thoughts, and I hope our connection through this donation brings you renewed hope and strength.
Message for all
I urge everyone to consider becoming a stem cell donor. It shouldn't be a question of "Why?" but rather "Why not?" The process costs nothing and has the potential to save a life. Don't hesitate due to baseless taboos or superstitions. Just like offering a water bottle to someone dying of thirst, being a stem cell donor is a simple act of compassion and humanity.
My journey as a stem cell donor has been incredibly rewarding. The opportunity to help a patient in need, the support of my loved ones, and the seamless process provided by DKMS-BMST have made it a remarkable experience. I encourage everyone to embrace this chance to make a difference and become a part of someone's story of hope, healing, and triumph over adversity. Let's break free from misconceptions and stand together to save lives.
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.
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 already registered, check out some other ways to get involved in the fight against blood cancer.