In January of 2015 I got an acute Leukemia. In order to recover, I needed a bone marrow transplant. Although everyone tried their hardest, we could not find a donor in the Czech registry. Luckily, we found a matching donor in Germany. I am currently two months after my transplant and I am feeling much better.
A bone marrow transplant is the only real cure for otherwise incurable forms of cancer, including my own, but finding a donor is a difficult and often time-sensitive process. A small blood test goes a long way in lifting someone back on the road again who would otherwise go out entirely too soon.
I have surpassed many obstacles in life but one happened to be fatal – an acute leukemia. I found a right donor in the US. Unfortunately, the search in international registers and the time required for transport was so long, that I have missed the right period of time for a transplant. Thought, as a doctor I knew that I am battling a fight that is nearly impossible to win, I went through another two transplants, series of chemo and radiation. However, this did not bring any result. Today, I just wish that other people suffering the same disease as I do will have more luck than me, and that they will find a matching donor in time.
–A patient after a transplant
I got quite a shock when I learned about my diagnosis. After all, I have successfully defeated leukemia once already and now, I was supposed to go through all of that again? All my future plans vanished within a minute. The worst part was the waiting and not knowing if they would find a matching donor for me. In those situations, you will experience a great strain on your mental health, no matter if you are nineteen or sixty. The feeling I got after the transplant was incredible. Feelings of joy, happiness….That is why I would like to thank everyone who enters the registry, as they give someone an opportunity to live on, and frankly that is priceless.
-Mold Engineer at Continental Barum, Bone marrow donor
“A hero is someone, who for example saves children from a burning house. I have only donated my bone marrow. I was lucky enough to become a donor as I have matched with someone in need .” His donation enabled a seventeen year old Jana Vršecka to fully recover from an aplactic anemia, that can only be cured through a bone marrow transplant. Thanks to this donor from Otrokovice and a transplant that was quickly carried out, Jana survived and today she works at a private health clinic.
Mold Engineer at Continental Barum, donated his bone marrow twice
Anyone can get a bad disease, no matter what age they are. It feels amazing to know, I could give someone a chance of getting their life back. I hope, that all patients will have a smooth recovery. I am glad that I could have personally helped to one of those happy endings to take place. Let´s all drive on marrow!