“That’s the misconception,” said Mueller. “People still think they (doctors) are going to drill into their bone marrow, like a biopsy, but they are not. Nowadays they can take it from your blood … they hook you up to an IV, take your stem cells out and put your blood back in.”
“It’s a go to the hospital and you’re done,” she said.
“My insurance even pays the donor for missing a workday and mileage if they have to drive here. It is no cost to be donor.”
Mueller said even though “my bone marrow doesn’t work,” she so far she feels all right and intends to continue to lead her school of 800-plus students for as long as she is able.
Fairfield Schools Superintendent Billy Smith isn’t surprised by Mueller’s decision to press on while going public to campaign for more bone marrow donors for others needing the procedure.
“Missy is truly one of a kind. When she and I talked about her diagnosis, her biggest concern wasn’t about herself. It was about the students and staff at West Elementary. Missy is a people person and cares deeply about others,” said Smith.
“Her motto says it all: ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,’ and she is a role model for all of us, and we will continue to have Missy and her family in our prayers.”
She said, “I want the focus to be on getting more donors.”
“Maybe they can help me, but they can also help someone else.”
Best candidates for donors are those ages 18 to 44. For information on being a bone marrow donor, go online to bethematch.org.