Organ Donations

(previously posted at Coffee and Chemo)

 

The news about my friend’s son, who needs a kidney donor, brought home something I’ve been thinking about lately.

I am a strong believer in organ donation.

I always imagined that, after my death, there would be all these people, out there, whose lives I saved by donating my organs.

Though it is so difficult to think about, it can be very comforting for a family to know that out of their darkness and tragedy emerges hope, and new life.

Cancer took that away too.

I can’t donate anything… ever.

Not blood; not organs.

Not while I’m alive.

Not after I’m dead.

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10 Responses to Organ Donations

  1. cancervisa says:

    It was a sad day when I had to renew my drivers license but not my donor card. I totally understand … I call myself the walking superfund site. I wonder if I should be burried due to leaching.

  2. throwslikeagirl74 says:

    I didn’t even think of that. I guess I have to cross that off my DL too. Ugh. Hate cancer.

  3. whymommy says:

    I have totally been bummed about that lately too. Good to know I’m not the only one.

    Maybe we could do something about this … anyone want to start a meme about organ donation, or encourage our readers to sign up for it if they haven’t already? It really is an awful feeling to have to give that up.

    — Although I will say that inflammatory breast cancer survivors can do one important thing … donate your breast tissue after your mastectomy — the IBC foundation helps distribute it for research into this terrible disease.

  4. Sarah S. says:

    I was thinking about it the other day too! I am listed as an organ donor and thought that now I would not be able to donate and it totally bummed me out!

  5. Zoe says:

    Alicec directed me to your blog. I am in a similiar boat, albeit the other side of the pond. So I’ll wave the flag and bid you well, and cheer you on, just as the kids cheer their friends at baseball.

    Very best wishes,

    Zoë

  6. tori says:

    I actually need to change mine because it still says I am a donor.

  7. dju316 says:

    In Japan they are now taking organs from people who died with cancer, treating the cancerous organs, and transplanting the organs.

    So nobody should feel they cannot be an organ donor. Surgeons keep changing the definition of what is transplantable. Just because they say you can’t be a donor today doesn’t mean you might not be able to donate if you die five years from now.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition.

    Giving your organs first to organ donors will help convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

  8. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one thinking about these things.

    I would like to encourage other people to become organ donors. I f even one person who wouldn’t have donated organs, now does, because of me, then I will have created balance in the universe.

    That’s part of the reason I wrote about it on my blog.

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    Zoe — I didn’t understand the bit about being on “the other side of the pond.” please explain.

  9. katbur says:

    I hadn’t really thought about it before now and I am a donor. I’m a little confused. I can donate blood to the Red Cross so how would they determine whether they could use my organs? I don’t want to take it off of my license if it is possible.

  10. you might be having some issues with your internet site I am guessing, or it might be my browser, the fonts are HUGE!, great post btw.

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