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.

Other Questions

Worldwide donor registry?

What’s this umbilical cord business?

What if I say no?

What are the odds of actually donating stem cells?

Can I give to a specific person?

How bad is it for ethnic groups?

Age restrictions? But whyyyy?

I’ve heard young men make better donors. Isn’t that a tad sexist?

How does donating work?

Bone marrow, stem cells, spinal cord: what’s the diff?

What diseases can be treated by stem cells?