I'm not sure whether to be nervous or not - does marrow donation hurt more than, say, blood donation? I'm assuming that drawing marrow from my bones will be a hospital procedure, and not something they do on a cot in a big RV. I'm not wondering if it's painful because I might drop out - it's worth some pain for me to potentially save someone's life, but I want to prepare myself.
Edited to add:
Here's some information from the National Marrow Donor Program website -
Marrow donation is a surgical procedure performed in a hospital. While the donor receives anesthesia, doctors use special, hollow needles to withdraw liquid marrow from the donor's pelvic bones. Many donors receive a transfusion of their own previously donated blood. A donor's marrow is completely replaced within four to six weeks.
Marrow donors can expect to feel some soreness in their lower back for a few days or longer. Donors also have reported feeling tired and having some difficulty walking. Most donors are back to their usual routine in a few days. Some may take two to three weeks before they feel completely recovered.