Community Interest

Jamie Joerling Donates Stem Cell/Bone Marrow in Memory of Trevor Joerling

Jamie Joerling of New Melle donated stem cells/bone marrow on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Two years ago, inspired to do something in memory Trevor Joerling, Jamie joined the donor registry at www.BeTheMatch.org – The National Bone Marrow Registry Site.

When you join the Be The Match Registry, your tissue type is added to the national registry. There are two types of donation: peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), and marrow. If you are chosen as the best match for a patient, the patient’s doctor will request that you donate either bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), depending on what is best for the patient.

In Jamie’s case, the patient’s doctor requested a PBSC donation. Jamie got 2 injections a day for 5 days. Then on the 5th day she got an IV in each arm and hook up to a machine similar to a dialysis machine that filtered the stem cells out of my blood. Jamie said this process was not painful at all. She said, "Many people asked me why I am doing this. My response was ‘Why not? If you had the chance to save someone’s life just by getting your blood filtered would you do it?’ Join Be The Match today!”

Jamie received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement from community and extends, “A big thank you to everybody for all the love and support through the donation process!”

Congratulations Jamie, for being so generous and caring and such a great inspiration to us all. As one of the comments on Facebook read, “Trevor is proud!”

More Info: A PBSC donation is a nonsurgical procedure—called apheresis—that takes place at a blood center or outpatient hospital facility. For five days leading up to donation, you will be given injections of a drug called filgrastim to increase the number of blood-forming cells (also called blood stem cells) in your bloodstream. Your blood is then removed through a needle in one arm and passed through a machine that will collect only the blood-forming cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through your other arm.

A marrow donation is an outpatient surgical procedure that takes place in a hospital operating room. While you receive anesthesia, doctors use special, hollow needles to withdraw liquid marrow from both sides of the back of your pelvic bone.  Recovery times vary depending on the individual and the type of donation. Most donors are able to return to work, school, and other activities within one to seven days after donation. For more information, visit www.BeTheMatch.org.

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