Mar 09, 2010 - 11:32 pm
Okay so i had Neuroblastoma when i was a toddler. And i am a 15 year cancer survivor. I have two questions so here it goes...
OKay so in January I became old enough to give blood for the American Cross and since i recieved numerous blood transfusions when i was a toddler i felt it was absolutely neccesary to give blood. Plus, i'm B neg so... yeah rarities! lol I told them about the cancer and I was still able to donate blood and besides feeling woosy for a couple of hours i was fine. The way i see it is: a few hours of not feeling good...or 3 kids just like me dying. I'll choose the woosyness thanks.
Anyway so today I went to go give blood again because it's been 8 weeks and this time i did it with UNYTS which is Upstate New York Transplant Services and when i told them about the Neuroblastoma and that i had been in remission for 15 years, i am not taking any medications for it and i am completely healthy they still marked me as a "permanent defferal" That's right i can't give blood to UNYTS for life. I was extremely upset. I'm only human so yeah...i cried. And took a pop and t-shirt...(oops :))
So my question is why am i turned away by one service and not by another? It seems ridiculous to not take my blood. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Doctors have told me it is okay and I am so frustrated because I feel helpless not being able to give back.
Any help from other survivors/donors?