I have just got back from the hospital following my second routine bone marrow sample.
It was fine, didn't hurt and is not sore at all. We were hoping to film it today but were unable to get it organised in time.
I wanted to show people that it's not a scary procedure and hoped that it might get more people thinking about bone marrow donation.
As I said before in previous posts 70% of bone marrow donation is now very similar to giving blood. Sometimes a bone marrow harvest - where it is taken from the back of the hip under a general anaesthetic - is still preferred.
What I had today with a local anaesthetic only involves one needle and a small sample is taken. The harvest uses more needles but is otherwise very similar.
Anyway, this time I'm really confident that the leukaemia won't have returned.