Hey Reddit, I just finished donating stem cells to a leukemia patient I matched with through the National Bone Marrow Registry! AMA!
EDIT 2: I know I submitted this yesterday and I left many questions unanswered as I fell asleep and packed up in preparation of flying back home, but I will continue to answer any questions received. Also, again I apologize for leaving so many unanswered through the night. Thanks for the questions so far everyone! Once more, I will continue to answer questions until the thread dies out entirely!
I joined the National Bone Marrow Registry through the Department of Defense Bone Marrow Program back in 2010 when I joined the Marine Corps. Since then, I have been contacted several times as a potential match, and even once before as a best match, but was unable to donate. Finally, this time, I was matched with a patient and asked to donate Peripheral Blood Stem Cells through a process called apheresis. I just finished up and I'm relaxing before heading back home to California. I am here today to hopefully answer any questions, clear any misconceptions people might have about the donation process, and perhaps convince some people to add their name to a registry and one day save a life.
*Everyone in the US can register here: https://bethematch.org/
*Anyone else who has been affiliated with the DoD can register here: https://www.salutetolife.org/
*Images of various emails I received and pictures during my donation.
EDIT: Some wording and more proof