We’ll be 100% honest on this. It’s not NOT going to hurt. Some things might be unpleasant or uncomfortable. But actual punch-in-the-gut pain? Nah.
If stem cells are retrieved via peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, there ARE going to be a few needles involved and some bone pain. But what’s a few pricks in your healthy arms compared to fighting for your life?
If the surgical procedure is chosen, you won’t feel a thing, as anaesthesia is mandatory. You will feel tenderness in your hipbone for a few days after the procedure. Like a bruise, or like when you start exercising again after spending a few months glued to your couch. Nothing to call your mom about, especially knowing that this mild pain is your price to pay to become a superhero.