By Mark Warren
I am a dentist by profession and have practiced over 35 years. In November of 2002 I was really beginning to slow down. My energy was minimal and I had trouble maintaining my professional and personal life as I had before. I was also developing a persistent cough that was continually getting worse.
After many tests, I was diagnosed with a rapidly growing sarcoma. I immediately began intense chemotherapy sessions. My wife and I had been long time blood donors, but I now had my first experience receiving blood. During my three bouts of chemo, I became a frequent visitor to the Blood Center.
To further complicate things I developed a blood clot in my leg and was placed on Coumadin. Murphy’s Law took over my life. While receiving platelets at the Blood Center I fell and began internal bleeding. I was transferred to the ER where I received 17 units of blood. Thanks to the donors, an abundant supply of blood was available.
I had tremendous primary care, a gifted surgeon and wonderful support by caring people in the community. I wouldn’t be here today without the 90 units of blood and platelets that I received.
Recently, our church hosted its first blood drive. We are so thankful to all of my blood donors and wanted to repay their generosity in any way we could. I told my wife that if she would give two units a week, we could be even in less than a year. She preferred the blood drive.
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