Dad and I at a Fundraiser for my Cord Blood Transplant 1989

Dad and I at a Fundraiser for my Cord Blood Transplant 1989

When it came to making important decisions about my health, my parents made the perfect team. One crucial decision was on weather or not to save Emily’s cord blood for my transplant. My dad recalls this decision and wants to share his experiences of being a father with a sick child.

In My Fathers Words:
I have been asked several times the advice I could give for parents/ dads that are faced with making a decision to save Cord Blood. I remember how ecstatic I was to find out that we had the possibility to save Natalie ‘s life by saving Emily’s cord blood.   I would suggest to research the pros and cons with any medical procedure.  However I cannot imagine any downside to saving the cord blood.
I think it is helpful to  have open discussions with family and Dr’s ( at the same meeting if possible) it helps everyone stay on the same page and provides comfort for each others possible fears. Come up with a game plan, continue to ask any questions you may have, there are no stupid questions. Have a clear leader / captain in your plan. Find the medical team and plan you trust,  believe in it and go forward.  Again I do not know of any down side or negatives from saving cord blood. Natalie is all the proof I need.
Brad Curry
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