If you know anyone that has been effected by cancer or any horrible blood disease, you know that it is a very sad and painful process that a person has to go through. Years ago, I personally went through a situation of losing a nephew at 9 months old because he was diagnosed with leukemia and there wasn’t much that anyone could do about it. I know that I am not the only one who has gone through this situation and all you can do is move forward and think of what else you can do.
If you ever wondered if there was something that you can do, you can make a difference and potentially save someone’s life. If you are from the ages of 18 to 44, you have a high chance in being a match to donate your bone marrow to save a baby, child, adult, or anyone with this life-threatening disease. All it takes is to be registered on a national bone marrow registry like, Be the Match and DKMS, and to be listed for patients that are in need.
When you first join, you take a buccal swab test so that your HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) is listed on the registry for patients and their physicians to access. Once you are a match, there are two ways to donate and that is through PBSC (Peripheral Blood Stem Cell) and bone marrow donation. Both processes are harmless to the donor and an extensive examination is done before donation.
Here is a story about 22-year-old college student, Brett from Wisconsin who saved a 10-year-old girl from Indiana. This wonderful story details the experience of these two people and their journey to a successful transplant. This and many stories has been successfully shared online and with joining and supporting a bone marrow registry, you can also make a difference in someone’s life.
Late this winter I was feeling worn out, run down, and straight up exhausted. After suffering through weeks of this I finally threw in the towel, and made a visit to my doctor. Turned out, my excessive exhaustion was the result of a vitamin D deficiency. After picking up a bottle of vitamin supplements at the local pharmacy, I decided to get on the computer to investigate my prognosis further.
The main purpose of vitamin D is to aid calcium, and phosphorus absorption in our bones. It also helps cell communication throughout the body. If you are healthy, active, and get outdoors enough than the suns exposure should regulate the vitamin within your body with no extra supplementation needed. People that live in climates that force them to be indoors, those with darker completions, and individuals that wear a lot of sun protection are more likely to suffer from this particular deficiency.
Recently, a study was released from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, which caught my eye. It suggests those with lower levels of vitamin D in their body are two times more likely to die a premature death than those with higher levels of the vitamin. Diseases such as Osteoporosis, Cancer, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes have all been linked to vitamin D deficiencies.
These findings are both scary, and startling for someone who has just learned of their own vitamin D deficiency. Interestingly enough, I am not alone in this battle. Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population is living with the same problem, some unknowingly. Suffering from fatigue, muscle cramps, or chronic joint pain may be an indication that you are also in need of vitamin D. There are endless resources to acquire this information, however the best way to know for sure is to visit your doctor.