My doctors and I have decided to put my name on the Bone Marrow Registry; this is in case I need a bone marrow transplant along the way. I never thought it would go this far, but here I am and here it is. Honestly, I am not myself lately. I am depressed and I am in pain. Most of the time, my mind hovers or flies to faraway places. I think I lost hope in the middle of everything and I am just starting to pick things up again.
BUT what's more alarming is that when I did some research on the US Bone Marrow Registry, here's what I found out. According to bakitwhy.com,
the 2010 U.S Census recorded that there are about 3.4 Million [F]ilipinos in the United States, taking up one of the largest populations of Asian descent here in the United States. However, according to the National Bone Marrow Registry, as of September 2011, only .6% of [F]ilipinos are registered donors, making [F]ilipinos the least represented ethnicity in the Registry. Being the least represented in the registry makes it difficult for our fellow kababayans who are seeking a bone marrow donor that could potentially save their life.(Read the article here.)This is quite scary for me who has Aplastic Anemia and especially those who are currently in dire need of a bone marrow transplant.
So why are Filipinos and Filipino-Americans reluctant to be Bone Marrow Donors? According to bakitwhy.com:
- They think that donating Bone Marrow can be a long and painful process
- Some just don't believe in Donating Bone Marrow.
- Some just don't know how to donate.
PLEASE, IF YOU ARE FILIPINO AND EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT, ASK YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO GET INVOLVED. Getting tested is a simple swab in the cheek and it won't hurt. WE NEED TO INCREASE THE FILIPINO DONORS IN THE BONE MARROW REGISTRY.
BE THE MATCH AND GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE.
Thank you to all who sent their love and prayers on Facebook. Your words give me hope.
If you would like to get involved and get tested, who knows, you might be my match, please click HERE. Or type this URL on your browser - http://bethematch.org/Home.aspx.