Wednesday, 08 February 2012
This is the first time I've written a post and wanted it to get to the main page. I'm interested in doing something good -- something great, something that can save a life -- so I contacted the national marrow donor program. I just sent those little cotton swabs in yesterday. I don't know if I'll ever be a match for someone, but i hope I am.
I don't really know, or care to know, all the goings on. I just know it involves lots of blood and lots of big needles. I do know that your bone marrow comes right on back, so that's pretty cool. After just a few weeks, it's like nothing ever happened. I would be more than happy to donate bone marrow as many times as I could -- so long as my body goes into it without any complications -- and I'd like to believe that I have a pretty healthy body, and then I'll heal up better than ever.
But I also want to donate an organ. I really want to. If I've got something that someone else needs to live just sitting inside me taking up space, I want you to have it, honestly. I don't know too much about the donation process. I've looked at the kidney and liver stuff. I thought those were the only two living donations you could do, but at my two-second glance at the lungs and intestines, I believe I saw that you can donate some of that tissue also.
Now I'm not looking to have a whole bunch of my organs all harvested up just yet. From what I've read in the past day or two of pondering this idea, I'd feel most comfortable donating some of my liver. I hear that can grow back to darn near full size, right?
Anyway, I don't have all day to write; I've put my homework off all weekend. I'm 24 years old, blood type a positive. I live near Chicago. I would like to donate anything I can to save a life. It might be a little off-putting to some people, but I'd prefer to donate to someone younger -- the younger the better -- or a parent with a whole bunch of kids, or a vet too. I'd donate to any vet or public service person like an EMT or police or firefighter.
I emailed a lady from Kidney Mitzvah last night; she's got a pretty nice story. I wonder how many lives she's helped save? Awesome stuff. So yeah, I don't even have a lot of friends on here, but I'm gonna tag the heck out of this. maybe see if a few of those 'ish' sites will put this up. I don't know how that all works.
So basically I'm just asking for your guys thoughts or ideas on the subject. Would you or wouldn't you donate an organ, bone marrow or even blood? If it's against your religion, I'd really like to know why. Send me a private message if you want. So, what do you think? Do you know of any people that are in need of a donation? I'd like to hear any and all thoughts please!!
And remember: donate blood! If you like to run, go run for a charity! If you don't like to run, give them some money! If you don't have any money, give them some blood! Please spay and neuter your pets too.
My thoughts and support go out to any person or people attached to said person who is waiting on a transplant list. I'd like to hear any and all stories, but I am sorry if I cannot help any single person. Please don't let that stop you from telling me anything that could help me make an informed decision.
Have you ever thought about doing a living organ donation? Have you or someone you know taken part in this, either as the giver or the receiver? Is organ donation something that your particular faith disagrees with, and, if so, why?