The anonymity of a big city where, at the time, I did not have as much as an acquaintance, helped me muster up the courage necessary to click that "send button" and submit that information form to the donor agency, along with a few pictures. It read something like this:
Education: Ivy League graduate
Medical history: virtually none.
30 pages of paperwork, an in-person interview, and a personality test later, I was matched with a couple who liked my profile. Between the day I submitted my profile and the moment I learned I had been "matched," less than 10 days had passed.
I didn't expect things to move so fast but thought, let's do it. I was too excited and scared to tell anyone.
Two years and three donations later, I essentially still haven't told anyone.