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As Soon As I Am Legally Independent...

Right now my 'rents don't agree with this. They have something against donating your organs - not the people, but the act itself. My mum in particular is vehemently opposed. I've tried explaining, even using myself and her as examples - but no. She refuses to let me sign up to be an organ donor. So my way around this is to do it on my eighteenth next yr. She's not happy, but she knows she can't stop me. This is going to be something I can do for someone else [and hopefully for many others]. I can't wait to be able to say "Yes, I'm an organ donor"!
BowsAndBones BowsAndBones 16-18, F 5 Responses Jul 20, 2007

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You can be a Living Donor as i became when i gave my right kidney to my Husband June 4th 1987, only thing is now 23 years later both kidneys are slowing down but both are still working just getting tired as we do in our later years . I Thank God for whatever time we have left togeather and Till Death do we Part i said it before i say it again Being a Living Donor I Understand Both sides Thanks to all who make this choice .

Woh, it's been a while since I wrote this! I'm now eighteen, and planning on signing up soon. My mum still thinks it's a bad idea (all this superstitious beliefs about how I won't have a good afterlife or something and how it's tempting fate) O_o but it's up to me in the end I guess. Lol, you make a very true comment too, WhatMakesYouThinkImNot. =)

Yep, in the sense that they can't pull any strings.<br />
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Also, there's interesting history here. Georgia Dunston did groundbreaking work in the 70's and 80's studying why organ rejection was so high in African American compared to whites. Well, it was high because the cell makeup of black patients had never been studied properly (one of many downsides to being in the minority), so hospitals were doing a poor job of matching up donors and recipients. Check out "Mapping Human History" for an interesting read if you like science.<br />
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Any way, broadbrush: organ donation is a great thing to do. When you look at the finer details, it's as mucked up as any other human enterprise.

Really? I don't know much about that sort of stuff...Are these ppl discriminated against or something?

It is a really good thing to do. If you don't need it any longer, why not promote life as your parting act?<br />
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On the other hand, there's a lot of unfairness in the system. I understand here in the US it varies by state, but some are notorious for average Joes and Janes not getting a fair shake .