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Banned for life

I’ve always wanted to be a bone marrow donor, but could never remember to research it. I was reading someone’s blog tonight and they had a link to the National Marrow Donor Program website. I got excited about signing up, until I read:

If you have any of the following conditions, you will not be allowed to register:

  • Chronic back pain requiring ongoing medical treatment (including chiropractic care) and/or daily or frequent prescribed pain medication
  • Herniated, bulging or slipped disc anywhere along your spine diagnosed in the past 2 years
  • Single back surgery in the past 2 years
  • History of a spine fracture, if caused by bone disease
  • History of a spine fracture in the past 2 years, if caused by injury
  • Placement of rods or pins for scoliosis
  • History of a hip or pelvic fracture and/or repair


Figures. I can’t donate blood until March of 2009, due to the 4 units of someone else’s blood I received during and after my surgery. At least one day I’ll be allowed to do that again, and I’m not banned for life.

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  1. Sgt Alexander S. Tomlin
    August 13th, 2010 at 03:21 | #1

    Semper Fidelis brother. It’s too bad that you had to suffer this injury and that we didn’t ever have a chance to serve together, but that doesn’t make your willingness to step forward and into the boots of warriors any less. As a Marine who ended his career after 7 yrs. with a string of injuries, I wish you the best recovery you can have.

    OIF II / V

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