I Want to Donate Blood

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    Seven Months

    I want to donate blood, and always have. I like helping people, and donating blood is a way to do that. Unfortunately, I have never been able to donate. However, in about seven months, I'll be seventeen, which means that I can participate in blood drives at school if I have...
    qforconfused qforconfused
    18-21, F
    May 5, 2010

    One Of My Dreams

    Donating blood will be one of the dreams that I will never have. Even if I sleep for a whole day, or a week, I am not allowed to donate blood. I always wanted to help those who need blood during an emergency. Looking at those poor patients, waiting for other people to donate...
    dazzlingeyes dazzlingeyes
    18-21, F
    Oct 26, 2010

    But, Alas, I Cannot

    Not only am I gay and, despite my lack of any and all hepatitis, HIV, and AIDS, they don't allow gays to donate, I am also an anemic with a heart palpation. I want to give blood so badly, but I don't weigh enough, I don't have enough iron, I have a heart condition, and I'm gay...
    xXxAnonymousxWriterxXx xXxAnonymousxWriterxXx
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jun 12, 2011

    Blood Drive

    I was 17, and terrified the first time I donated blood.  I don't like needles.  I'm not a fan of looking at my own blood.  I was afraid of passing out. The blood drive was in the high school gym.  I had committed to doing it, and I wanted to help. ...
    cedricsmom cedricsmom
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Dec 31, 2009

    I Vant to Drink U'r Blood... Vv

    I’ve been looking for a blood mobile for a while now and it seems that I usually find one when time doesn’t permit or the kids are with me. I can’t even imagine trying to take them in… Joey would be driving the bus while the baby is sucking on needles...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    Feb 21, 2008

    Already Have, Plan to Do More

    I've been donating blood for the past few years now.  I'm not a fan of the fact that there's a needle in my arm for longer than 5 seconds, but I feel good about donating, knowing that it could save a life.  The only problem is the gamble of getting someone who's...
    CuriosityKitten CuriosityKitten
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2008

    I'd Like to

    I really would, pay back whoever gave me theirs when I needed it. But I can't.
    deleted deleted
    Aug 13, 2008


     So only half year is remaining...  till I'am adult.  My cousin with her boyfriend were to donate blood a few days ago... and they were so excited. I was thinking about it for a long time, but because I  can't donate because of age restriction I ...
    bublina bublina
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 26, 2009

    I Can't

    I always wanted to give blood, I always thought it was a nice thing to do. My school has a blood drive that the Red Cross always runs. I couldn't donate it last year because I couldn't get a parent signature because I was too young, and now that I am...
    xihearthe80sx xihearthe80sx
    18-21, F
    Dec 29, 2009

    I've Never Been Able to

    I've always wanted to donate blood, but I've never been able to because I am underweight. Hopefully someday. It's on my to-do list!
    paperalias paperalias
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 17, 2008

    Positive Experience...

    Last week, I went in and donated blood. This was a very positive and interesting experience for me, and i would highly recommend it for anyone who's considering doing this. I asked a lot of questions and gained so much knowledge about blood donating and our bodies in general...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 25, 2009

    This Is Why You Donate Blood!

    My first experience was terrible. I fainted dead away and scared the hell out of everyone. I don't know why I went back again, but I did. That experience was fine, and I've been at it every few months ever since. Since I retired, I have become a regular at the Red Cross. They...
    jdedos jdedos
    66-70, M
    Apr 17, 2013

    I Liked It

    About two months ago the Red Cross hosted a blood donation in one of the schools in my city. I actually wasn't planning on donating, I wanted to, but noone in my class seemed interested (only about 40 high school students donated in a city of 20,000). Though they didn't really...
    deleted deleted
    May 25, 2009

    Gay Blood Ban

    For those who don't know, in the US, any male who has had sexual contact with another male since 1977 is banned from giving blood for life. It is a nonsensical rule which bars many potential donors from giving their blood and forces others to lie in order to donate. It is...
    mage4169 mage4169
    22-25, M
    Oct 24, 2013

    Pleas For Donations Sometimes Annoy Me

    I donated way back in high school, despite an inept nurse pulling the needle halfway out of my arm before the bag was full, and me passing out on the floor due to low blood pressure.  (When my BP was screened it was below the acceptable level, but I was told to "run...
    mysteria mysteria
    41-45, F
    Sep 3, 2008

    I Know Its the Right Thing to Do, But I Just Can't

    Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks your liver and causes cancer.  One of the most common ways to contract this disease is by sharing dirty needles.  A person will not have any symptoms for 20yrs and continue to spread it.  Hepatitis C was 1st identified in 1992...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom
    51-55, F
    5 Responses Nov 19, 2008

    I love getting blood taken (I know this is

    strange to most)- so naturally I'm very open to donating blood. But every time I try to donate there's always something that blocks me. Bone graft, anemic, heart rate, whatever- there's always some reason that I'm told I can't donate and get kicked out 😭 I'd be fine just...
    lilyshells lilyshells
    18-21, F
    Nov 16, 2015

    I Would Love To, But They Told Me Not To Come Back

    I have tried to give blood THREE times. Each time I have had to quit early in right after the needle because i would see "pretty colors" and getting to feel sickly. Dx Or they couldn't find the right vein! My poor arms Dx And after teh third attempt they told me just not to...
    ChellieG ChellieG
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 7, 2010


    I will as soon as I can, especially since I have type O-. This type can be given to any other type (but can only receive from it's own), so it would be especially useful. I will, I will, I promise!
    realitychallenged realitychallenged
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 22, 2008

    I plan to donate blood the day I turn 18 (the

    legal donation age in Canada.) I also would like to donate a kidney. I just have no idea how to go about doing it.
    ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 26, 2014

    But It Is All Going In the Wind.

    Yes, I want to donate blood , but here in my country two years ago , we had a scandal , that the "blood bags" used to save blood in had Bactria infection so the blood is rotten and not clean , in addition to that , guys will sell my blood , yes this is true what you...
    rosemarios rosemarios
    22-25, M
    May 26, 2009

    I Feel Good.

    I donated blood today for the first time in almost two years. I used to be a regular donor but have some problems with my iron levels. It felt terrible to go everytime and to be turned away because of those levels. But today I got told I have perfect levels and I donated. It made...
    aModernDayJuliet aModernDayJuliet
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 10, 2010

    Seeing has I am an AB- I think it would be

    quite beneficial if I did, the thing is, I am trypanophobic, which means in afraid of needles, and I have IDA (Iron Deficiency Anaemia) so before I can even think about it, I must get my iron levels up. Has anyone ever experienced this? Could anyone give me tips on: A.) getting...
    thedimone thedimone
    13-15, F
    1 Response Mar 21, 2015

    SAVING Lives

    Blood     makes   people   well    saves   lives. there   are  so  many  things     it helps  burn  victims.  
    rockybear397 rockybear397
    46-50, F
    May 15, 2008

    I Have Donated My Blood, On...

    I have donated my blood, on several occasions, now,. So yes i would donate blood.
    welshbabe welshbabe
    46-50, F
    1 Response May 25, 2009

    Tried Again

    I went to a blood mobile again yesterday and it was a NO! Apparently I'm anemic and my BP was way way low. I'm not sure what the heck is going on with me anymore but it was frustrating! AAUUGGHH!
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    7 Responses Mar 9, 2008

    I Want To....

    but I'm not allowed to because I had cancer when I was a child it makes me so sad when the blood bank desperately needs blood donations and I'm not able to help out.
    Spiritsinger Spiritsinger
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 22, 2009

    I Used to Be a Donar, But N...

    I used to be a donar, but now I have type 2 diabetes and cannot give blood anymore.
    deleted deleted
    Aug 13, 2008

    I went yesterday to donate blood,

    spoke to the doctor, she signed my form and then sent me for a blood test. I was so excited, it was gonna be my first time donating blood and I had been longing to do that for ages now. But my blood test result showed that my hemoglobin level was really low and I was sent to the...
    RH17 RH17
    22-25, F
    Aug 26, 2015

    I Would Love to Donate Blood.

    Unfortunately because of all the medication I am on and the high doses I can't. If I get low enough on my doses and get off a couple I will straight way, depending on my anemia of course. - RDW
    randomdriftwood randomdriftwood
    22-25, F
    Feb 22, 2008

    I Would Love To!

    I really, really want to!   But sadly I can't    I am below the weight limit and my blood is full of happy pills.   *sigh*    Maybe one day... 
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Mar 7, 2009


    Unfortunately I take so much medication that I wouldn't be able to. Whoever got my blood would be really happy and in no pain!
    Warmthoughtsofyou04 Warmthoughtsofyou04
    31-35, F
    May 14, 2008

    Two Practical Reasons To Donate Blood

    (Of course, feeling good about it is a valid reason but not strictly practical.) Practical #1: If you don't have health insurance, at least you know that someone is doing your blood work regularly, free of charge. Practical #2: They ask a lot of really personal questions before...
    jdedos jdedos
    66-70, M
    Apr 17, 2013

    Should I...

    I would like to give blood.  I have a rare type A- .  About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Mono.  At the time my Doctor told me that I shouldn't give blood because my blood is tainted with the Mono disease.  I had bouts of it off and on for about 3...
    keybaby keybaby
    36-40, F
    May 27, 2009

    I see my parents, my older sisters

    and my older brother give blood. I want to join them… but I can't because I'm 14 and I really want to. I really wish I could.
    candicelayla candicelayla
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jul 9, 2015

    I want to donate blood in the hope

    that my blood will overpower theirs and take control of their body so that I will gain another vessel to use as my own...(I've been watching too much horror films xD)
    MiraiKuriyama MiraiKuriyama
    18-21, F
    Nov 27, 2014

    But I Can't...

    I have small narrow veins making it hard to get anything in or out of me... I always joke it's a good thing I'm not a junkie or I'd be really miserable... I DO compensate by volunteering to drive people to the donation spots and banks as well as motivate the teens to do it when...
    deleted deleted
    May 27, 2009

    I Have Donated Blood In The...

    I have donated blood in the past, and wish to do it again. By giving blood, you may very well help to save a life. Always remember, there may come a day when you need blood. Being a Veteran, I would like the blood to go to the V.A. Hospital.
    jespusspuss jespusspuss
    66-70, M
    Aug 13, 2008

     I Actually Was Able T...

     I actually was able to once and about three other times I was deferred due to a high pulse. The hard thing about donating blood is of course the needle. They use a needle bigger than for shots, IVs, or blood draws. It really hurt when I first did it. The best thing though...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 25, 2009
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