Columbia University has really come through for me. Their coordinator is incredible. I had a physical less than 3 weeks ago, and they already have a few matches for me. Now, it’s a waiting game to see which couple, if any, choose to use me as their donor.
After my physical, which was simple, clean, easy and informative, I had to sit around and wait to be matched. The Columbia coordinator took my information and my hand-written profile (it must be hand-written by the potential donor for legal reasons… fraud and all that. You get the picture) and showed it to potential recipients. Once there was an indication of interest by a family (or, in my case 2 families), the coordinator contacted me to make sure that I would be available for the next 8-10 weeks, depending on the speed with which the recipients make their decision regarding which donor they would like to use.
The next step, once someone definitively chooses me, is to go through the battery of genetic and mental health testing. I can tell you that I’m not looking forward to these tests, since I have almost no idea what will be involved. But, lucky for me, my coordinator is great, and I never enter the room with another professional without being briefed by her. (I can’t stress enough how amazing this woman is!).
I’m super excited to start the process! Wish me luck!