One year ago (11/14/22) I was diagnosed with stage-1 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I caught my cancer early and started treatments a few weeks after the initial diagnosis. Six-months later we received the great news that the combination of chemotherapy & immunotherapy was successful; my cancer was in remission.
Being in remission was a great feeling. I looked forward to giving back and helping others by doing something that I had done for many years, donating blood. My first donation was when I was in high school. For many years I donated platelets and had recently switched back to donating red blood. So, I did some research to find out when I could start donating again only to learn that I could not give blood. Individuals who’ve had lymphoma, which is considered a type of blood cancer, are no longer eligible to donate.
I’m hoping that my family, friends, and colleagues all over the world will help where I cannot. Please consider being part of this virtual blood donation campaign. If you have never donated blood before, please consider giving the gift of life. If you donate already, consider platelets or other types of donations that provide other key blood products.
Let’s all work together to help others in need. Thank you!