November 1 marks the start of National Marrow Awareness Month.
Undergoing a bone marrow transplant is both physically and emotionally trying. Now consider going through the procedure twice. Anna Thomas did just that.
Thomas, who in 2007 was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, has received three degrees from Texas Tech and is now the associate managing director at the National Wind Institute. She underwent her first marrow transplant in 2008 and her second in 2015. Thomas shares her story, including how Texas Tech supported her throughout the process, and why others should consider becoming part of the bone marrow registry.
"You can really help those that are in need with different blood diseases and cancer, just by giving of yourself," she said. "I don't know what a better gift could be than to give the gift of life."