Swab Mattie, Swab (Bone Marrow Transplant)

I received a tweet yesterday that Robin Roberts, host of Good Morning America, was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome.  It’s a disease of the blood and bone marrow most likely a side effect of her previous breast cancer treatment. In order for her to be healthy again she’ll need a bone marrow transplant.

She’s lucky to have her sister be a match, especially in the African-American population.

Not everyone is lucky to have a match, especially if you fall in certain categories. Due to privacy issues one just cannot Google “How many people are waiting bone marrow treatments in Long Beach, N.Y.”? For arguments sake, let us toss out an un-founded statistic and say 2 people.

I like to think I’d help someone if I were able; so, I took the test online.



Thank you. We appreciate your desire to help patients by becoming a marrow donor. However at this time, you do not meet the health guidelines for joining the registry.


Well crap! Part of me feels like a failure the other part says, “Well at least you tried.” I’m sticking with the latter feeling for the remainder of the day.

To become a bone marrow donor is simple.   Take the test. Save a life.


p.s. Read the latest from Anthony on the Moody’s report too.