Donating Bone Marrow is Easier than Getting Tattoos!
I couldn’t believe it when I got the call, but knew it was the right thing to do. As the day approached my nerves took over, but my friends and family, especially my girlfriend, supported me. I felt proud that I was able to do something selfless for a total stranger.

As a tattoo artist, I consider my body to be a canvas and am no stranger to laying down for several hours while being worked on with needles. Most people would be surprised to know that I am afraid of needles, which is ironic considering my career choice and the number of tattoos I have!

 

When I got the call from the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) to tell me I was a match, this fear didn’t stop me. I was shopping with my girlfriend when we first encountered BMDP, who were raising awareness in a mall near home. We didn’t know much about the whole process to be honest and were unaware of the urgent need for more Singaporeans to step forward as volunteer bone marrow donors. After speaking to BMDP, we were very keen to do what we could to help, so we both swabbed our cheeks and joined the register.

 

I couldn’t believe it when I got the call, but knew it was the right thing to do. As the day approached my nerves took over, but my friends and family, especially my girlfriend, supported me. I felt proud that I was able to do something selfless for a total stranger.

 

 

The procedure itself was very simple and I soon overcame my nerves as my girlfriend was there keeping me company throughout the whole process. Staying still is always hard but having spent many hours in the chair for my sleeve tattoo, I’ve become well accustomed to it! In fact, I would say that getting a lot of work done on a tattoo is probably more uncomfortable than bone marrow donation!

 

After the procedure, I was amazed at how quickly I was able to get back to my daily routine. I practice Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu, so was very pleased to be quickly back on my feet with no lasting effects.

 

Coming from someone who’s done it and is afraid of needles, I can tell you that you really have nothing to worry about. I honestly consider it to be one of the best things I have ever done, and am proud to know that I did what I could to give another human being a fighting chance at life. If I got the opportunity again, I would do it in a heartbeat!

 

- Aaron Cai, Tattoo Artist and ‘Life-Saver’

PUBLISHED ON 20 March 2018
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Registering to become a bone marrow donor means committing to be there when you get the call to give life. Each registrant provides hope for those waiting. A person could, however, be a match within a few months of registering, a year later or even seven years later.
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