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I Donate Blood

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    I've given blood 3 times,

    the first time I couldn't because my iron count was too low. I was heartbroken. The second time was better I was able to donate an entire pint of blood, it felt awesome! When I did donated the 3rd time I was able to donate another pint, but when I got up I got really dizzy and...
    ShyWolf15 ShyWolf15 22-25, F May 12

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    I have given loads of times.

    Once, as a young man, I was pathetic, and truly fancied the checkout girl at the supermarket. Of course, I never let on, or asked her out or anything, I just imagined her in my room. She disappeared, then one day, when I was giving blood, she turned up as the receptionist in the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 20

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    I have donated blood

    since I was 18. It's a good feeling to know that as all that blood leaves me, I could be saving three people. I have given over a gallon of blood in the ten years I've been donating. I even have the pin to prove it!
    larisahhh larisahhh 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 24

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    I Give Blood

    I give blood.. I started because when my wife was giving birth to our second daughter. She had a cascerrian section they cut something and she was bleeding out. When you see them doing chest compressions and squeezing bags of blood into her you know something is drastically wrong...
    gdale01 gdale01 46-50, M 3 Responses Jun 18, 2012

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    I wish i could but i cant

    but when i die i can donate my heart ❤️
    Hawaiianangel Hawaiianangel 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    I'm Giving Back What Was Given to Me

    When I was just a baby I had to get a blood transfusion in order to live. I was just out of the womb and was dying. My mother also needed one because she ended up losing way too much blood. If I never would have gotten that I probably would have died. Now whenever there...
    pinkspikes pinkspikes 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2007

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    Just saying a huge thank you to all

    that donate!! I wouldn't be typing this today without life saving blood back in 2010. thank you!!
    Hawk77 Hawk77 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    Tonight

    I am overdue to give blood but am scheduled to do so tonight. My parents and several of my friends are not able to donate so when I do, I feel that I am doing it for them.    One of those friends recently had an operation and needed 2 units of blood.  She thanked me as a...
    solocelt solocelt 51-55, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2012

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    Life

    It saves peoples lives, three. I want to be apart of that change. Make me feel good know I'm helping someone out. Bringing life to people is beautiful
    allissaxx allissaxx 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 12, 2011

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    As much as I hate it( I usually get close to

    passing out) it saves people and that's amazing
    thatgirlkay thatgirlkay 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 27

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    I remember when I was young I thought to myself

    I want to help people. No specific people just people in general. But I did not know how, and im not a rich man, im often broke.One day I heard about blood donation and I said to myself, that’s it, that’s what I want to do, give blood.The first time I was very...
    LegionIscariot LegionIscariot 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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    I Love It.. Well, Kinda

    I really like what I can do for others and as soon as I turned 17 I wanted to give blood. I finally did two months ago. It was really nerve-recking but I feel so much better. I always want to find ways to make a difference. I don't have money, but I have blood. I am actually O...
    SavedByGrace14 SavedByGrace14 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 10, 2007

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    hi ! just made my one hundred

    and two donation ! took 117 minutes . double platelets and plasma . got to stop falling to sleep . when machine beeps they come over and slow it down ! lol ! they make you very comfortable . :-)
    rangergto rangergto 56-60, M 3 Responses Jun 8

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    I try to, the first time I made it all the way

    then fainted and the second time I didn't fill up the bag because I fainted to early so they had to throw it away so now I'm not allowed to
    yetii31 yetii31 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    Why I Donate Blood.

    I am proud to say that I donate blood. I'm on their call list whenever they are in my town. In Canada, you don't get paid to donate blood. That's ok since I would never accept it. I am doing it for personal reasons. Trust me.... I don't have a love affair with needles. I...
    naturegirl27 naturegirl27 41-45, F 80 Responses Jul 26, 2010

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    I Have Been Doing It For Over 22 Years.

    Well I started in March 17,1987 I went to my first blood drand it was not so bad so I have never stopped. I have thought about it many times. You see I live a place were we must speak french so the french people really push it. I on the other hand speak English I understand...
    DAW2012 DAW2012 51-55, M 3 Responses Jul 1, 2012

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    Sometimes The Silver Lining In A Dark Cloud

    I try to donate whole blood every eight weeks, and I have been mostly successful at doing that for the past 22 years. Recently, I changed employers and accepted a traveling job. From week to week, I did not know where I would have to be, and it made finding a mobile donation...
    WildeOscar WildeOscar 51-55, M 4 Responses Feb 8, 2011

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    I donated blood from

    when I was 18 until now. Unfortunately I most probably won't be able to donate anymore because I'm taking blood thinner tablets every day.
    boxersoff4u boxersoff4u 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    I've donated blood twice!

    And I'm proud of myself for doing it. I think that everyone should try it even if you're terrified of needles. It doesn't hurt as bad as everyone says it does. It gives you a good feeling when you know you helped save lives.
    yesenia33 yesenia33 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 6, 2013

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    I'm 35, married, been with my husband

    for almost 10 years. We're monogamous. Even if I was single, I don't practice risky sex. Even though I'm a healthy disease free male, I can't donate because of my sexuality. I'm gay. My blood could save someone's life.
    Tory1979 Tory1979 31-35, M 3 Responses Jun 1

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    Everyone should do it

    for sure. It saves lives!!
    jumpersforgoalposts jumpersforgoalposts 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 25

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    Going Today

    My husband is in the Army, an American hero, and knowing that people like that need my help makes me feel amazing. I know other people need blood too and I can't choose who gets my blood and I won't know who gets it and I'm not saying that those people don't deserve it any less...
    SgtArmyWife SgtArmyWife 22-25, F Nov 25, 2013

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 8, 2013

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    Well, It Started Out...

    I was a blood donor for my dad when he was having cancer surgery and the doctors told us the might need it.  It turned out I was not a match, but now I donate to help others in need.
    patchworkofmistakes patchworkofmistakes 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 26, 2007

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    What A Sad Day It Was...

    I've been donating blood for the last 25 years, whenever my company holds a blood drive. I've always loved the idea that I could be helping someone that is in desperate need. Well, last year during the spring blood drive, the nurse was checking my vital signs. I noticed that...
    JAGandVSfan JAGandVSfan 46-50, M 1 Response May 12, 2011

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    Went this morning to donate my AB+ blood to

    the Red Cross makes me feel good that my donation can help many people.
    YoungHeartedSoul YoungHeartedSoul 41-45, M May 29

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    I have never given blood,

    i wish i could but i am terrified of needles!
    MrJoseph92 MrJoseph92 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 28

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    Hemoglobin was too low today :( Downfall of

    being a vegetarian. Oh well, I'll try to two months :D
    Planetoi Planetoi 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    I am a somewhat habitual blood donor

    who has given well over 100 times. It makes me feel so good to know I am helping a complete stranger somewhere. :)
    Thonger62 Thonger62 51-55, M Jul 2

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    hi ! donated two pints of platelets last

    saturday . haven't done that in a while . the last ten minutes were the worst . arm was aching ,shoulder hurt and i kept moving around . that is a no no with needle in your arm . last two minutes started seeing stars . i knew i was just about ready to pass out . the girl came...
    rangergto rangergto 56-60, M 2 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    Hells Yeah

    About once in three months, I go with my friends to the local blood donation spot (what is it actually called?) and we chat, ferociously abuse the change to eat free food and lighheartedly tease the needle fearing members of our small group. And donate blood, of course. It's so...
    Fearofsilence Fearofsilence 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 12, 2011

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    First Time..

    Well, on 19th March 2K8, i gotta call from my friend Sathish.. that some guys would be donating blood that evening. I said yes..ok alright.. That was my first day in donating blood.. im thrilled.. and i really wanted to know the blood group. Until that time i didn't know my...
    tsanandh tsanandh 26-30, M 5 Responses Mar 22, 2008

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    I Love Giving Back!

    Ever since I was 17, I've tried to give blood every 10-12 weeks. I have a very large family and I know that with some of my brothers' reckless behavior, they will inevitably need my blood. I am O Rh D- so therefore a "universal donor". Plus, how can you refuse Sunny D and...
    idlewatcher idlewatcher 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 12, 2012

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    Just did today, not for the first time ;)

    and may be again after 6 months.
    rajblr1970 rajblr1970 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 19

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    Platelets

    i'm up to 92 donations . donated platelets and plasma over the weekend . i get a nice warm body length hot pad to lay on . this time i kept setting of an alarm .they said i was too cold so i got a hand warmer and 2 nice warm blankets . everything went well from then on . love all...
    rangergto rangergto 56-60, M 2 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    Proud To Donate Blood

    I have just given my 25th donation and I am proud to do so. Its a pity more people don't.
    dizznee dizznee 41-45, M 4 Responses Feb 9, 2012

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    Platelets And Plasma

    hi ! just donated today ! they drew a pint of platelets and a pint of plasma ! the vampires are just wonderful ! very friendly ! got my t shirt , oj and some cookies ! today made # 94 ! whoo hoo ! back in 2 weeks ! :-) :-D :-o :-b
    rangergto rangergto 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 23, 2013

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    I really like donating.

    Partly for the emotional gratification and partly for the routine. Apparently i have "large" veins..one nurse actually went and called over two others to check em out( they arent big imo)... Which would explain why i typically get the what must be newer people because they don...
    Kryste Kryste 18-21, F Mar 22

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    Matter of fact I'm donating a double helping of

    red blood cells on Wed. I'm not a huge fan of the needle, but I'm not afraid. I always ask the people if anyone's fainted lately. Cracks me up. Actually, even more than the needle in my arm, I hate when they ***** the very tip of your finger.
    SDH1167 SDH1167 46-50, M Feb 16

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    Be Wary Of Question 6

    I'm never sure how many of the EP members are in North America, and how many are elsewhere. I am in the UK and over here blood donation is a voluntary thing. I suspect you can just walk into major hospitals and donate but the most familiar way of giving is to wait for the...
    Erdozain Erdozain 31-35, M 3 Responses Apr 11, 2012

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    I donated blood once.

    It was during high school. At first I was really scared about it because I don't like needles. But once I donated blood it wasn't so bad after all. And I felt really good about it. I'm O Positive(:
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    I'm a member of the Red Cross Club on campus.

    It's fun to go in and donate blood besides doing all the other activities, but I think it'd be more fun to work for the Red Cross. I already know how to do needle sticks and take blood and such from a previous job, but I don't have any formal phlebotomy training. Maybe one day...
    AzaleaElise AzaleaElise 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    Regularly And Often!

    Well...mostly regularly...I miss sometimes when I'm busy or have a cold. I'm at number 67 whole blood donations and hope to make (at least!) 100! Do it.
    PrincipalAlec PrincipalAlec 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 26, 2013

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    So my school is having a blood drive next week

    and my friends and I have decided to donate blood . I'm terrified of needles, but the thought of saving someone's life makes me overcome that . My blood type is O so that means it can be used for almost anyone . I'm actually really excited ! :D
    stacy0508 stacy0508 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 1

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    You Can Too!

    I started donating blood after 9/11, and, excuse my tooting my own horn, but I recently got my five-gallon pin. I've always felt it was important to donate, but when my mom needed 10 or 11 blood transfusions during the last year of her life, that really brought the point home...
    gigi55407 gigi55407 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 24, 2012

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    Everyone Should Do It....

    I started when I was 23......I am O negative....they always want my blood.......I cried the first time.......just realizing that I had potentially saved the lives of three people with that one donation,.......amazing feeling......if you haven't done it....please do......they are...
    Babydoll42 Babydoll42 41-45, F 5 Responses Jan 30, 2012

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    Mydochub Phlebotomy & Blood Donation Centers App

    Introducing the new FREE MyDocHub Phlebotomy & Blood Donation Centers app for iPhone!!! Where ever you are a Blood Donation Center will be at your fingertips. Whether to just donate blood or therapeutic blood donation, which requires a prescription from your doctor, the...
    MyDocHub MyDocHub 22-25 Aug 2, 2013

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    Ha ha do celebrities donate blood?

    Like imagine having Beyoncé's blood flowing through you 😮😮😮
    Promisesarebullshit Promisesarebullshit 13-15, F Feb 28

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    Related Experiences

    Well I donated blood today and almost passed out. Odd experience. Everything goes numb and all functions like chewing become labored. I probably should have drank more water...
    Nick1354 Nick1354 16-17, M Jul 9

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    I don't remember what blood type I have but my parents have always told me it's rare. I think it's actually super cool and I love it but if I ever got cancer or needed blood I...
    katieerika katieerika 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    O Positive, CMV negative. Valuable blood. My local blood bank harasses me every single week, asking when I would like to donate next. I prefer to give platelets as apposed to whole...
    System113 System113 18-21, M Jul 15

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    hello, i am lalith jain from bangalore i want to sell my kidney,blood group is AB +(POSITIVE),age 37,healthy and fit,i have home problem,num--9972942389,9341397614,pls only serious...
    lolt345 lolt345 31-35, M Jul 14

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    hello, i am lalith jain from bangalore i want to sell my kidney,blood group is AB +(POSITIVE),age 37,healthy and fit,i have home problem,num--9972942389,9341397614,pls only serious...
    lolt345 lolt345 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 14

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