Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — donor

Donation Update

Posted by James Hahn on

In February I donated PBSC's to a patient in need (read about it here). I was told that I would hear news about the outcome within 30 days but I never did hear anything. I was a little disappointed by the not knowing either way.

All of that changed yesterday. The NMDPcalled to tell me that the patient had recently been released from the hospital. I can't tell you what a joy that brought to my...

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Two-day Donation

Posted by James Hahn on

I am scheduled to go back to the hospital tomorrow for the second collection of blood stem cells. This should be it for a while. If all goes well, this could be cure for the young man. He may, in the future, need more blood products and that is something I need to consider.

My day started with a breakfast of sorts at about 4:30 AM. My dad picked me up at 5:30 and we made the one hour drive to The...

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Shots (contains brief nudity)

Posted by James Hahn on

It's the third day of Neupogen shots and I'm still feeling pretty good. I haven't experienced anything out of the ordinary yet. Here are pictures from my shots today. Nicole is my nurse and I trust her, really I do....

I apologize to all who take offense at my big belly. It is usually looking like the typical six-pack abs but I beefed-up for these shots...

You can see the worst part of the shots in...

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Time for a Shot

Posted by James Hahn on

I will begin my shots on Thursday of this week to prepare for the transplant the following week.

However, there is one catch that will fill many of you with jealousy, envy and all that stuff. The catch, Nicole will be administering my shots Friday thru Sunday.

We thought of auctioning off the opportunity to give me the shots for charity. You know, highest bidder would get to come and stick me. But...

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The Donation Process

Posted by James Hahn on

Today I spent an hour and fifteen minutes with Karen from the National Marrow Donor Program. She told me a little about the young man who needs my stem cells. Apparently we I am a perfect genetic match, as if I were a relative. With this treatment it will improve his chances of living another year by 40%. If it works, it could be his cure. If not, it's the last effort.

He has ALL (Acute Lymph...

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