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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 hate them with a passion but I just keep reminding myself why I am there.....

For one thing is that both my parents when they were sick needed blood transfusions. Its kind of a sad story. They smoked and were not fat but the diet that they consumed everyday was not exactly healthy. I'm trying not to repeat their mistakes. Such as smoking as the number one factor. I am proud to admit that I have never smoked in my life and would never get involved romantically with some one who smoked.

My Mother needed a heart and lung transplant. She was 52 when she went on life support. I watched nurses almost daily trying to save her life with blood transfusions. Nothing worked... Sad thing is she was alert and wasted away in front of my eyes. She died when she was 54. Nearly 2 years of hell watching her waste away and I couldn't do anything about it.......

My Father, on the other hand had heart attack after heart attack. He smoked up until the day they hooked my Mother up on life support. After loosing my Mother, 6 years later, I was face to face with my Father's doctor advising me that if my Father didn't get a heart and kidney transplant, he will die.... He died...

So you see, even though I hate needles, I will take the uncomfortable feeling anytime if I can help some one live.... The blood did buy both my parents more time... It gave me the time to say my good-byes.... It gave my Mother the chance to see me in my cap & hood to receive my degree. I was given special permission to wear it in intensive care to show her what I looked like. My Father... the blood bought time for me to just be with him. To take care of him.

So I have an appointment tonight at 7pm to donate again. Hey.. they give you free cookies and a drink after... Want to join me and save a life????
naturegirl27 naturegirl27 41-45, F 80 Responses Jul 26, 2010

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My wife was having an affair with a cop and he gave my wife permission to poison me to death, I was a regular plasma donor at the time.
My wife's lover and his partners made sure I could not get help from 911 or from a hospital.
My hospital covered it up by refusing to take a toxicology test and police covered up my 911 calls they pretended after the fact my 911 calls were never made.
Because my wife was having an affair with a cop I was being denied emergency services and my calls for help were covered up.

Good for you to donate. I can longer give and this makes me sad.. so i went to work for a blood bank pat-time. it is my little way of giving back. I wish more people will realize how important this is before they or their family is in dire need of it. Hugs and Kisses.

You are such a nice person. I am so happy that you shared this with us.

In my life I have given 56 pints of blood. We don't get paid for it either in most parts of the US. I have not donated in about three years because I was treated horribly rudely by the (unionized) Red Cross staff that collected the blood last time. Two letters to thd Red Cross head quarters went unanswered. <br />
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If they want donors, they need to treat them at least civilly. At the very least they need to be able to respond to written complaints. I happily return their requests for donations empty.

In the US we don't get paid either...

Thank you so much for donating. I donated blood a couple weeks ago, and I'm set to donate more in May.

I wish I could donate blood I would every time I was able to It helps people more than most realize. I volunteer at the functions instead, I'll actually be at one on Friday!

As someone who's life was saved by a blood transfusion thank you

I want to donate blood, even though I have a phobia of needles, even the thought of having a needle shoved in the crook of my arm makes me feel sick. I want to do it because it's a good thing to do. It will make me feel happy knowing that it could save someone's life. After all, I don't need all of it.

Yes you are great girl I salute you ! I had 2 times donated blood and my group is Bee -tive. i am proud of that.

I haven't been able to donate for a few years now - due to new piercings/tatts - but because of your story I am going to find out the next time I will be able. I'm one of those 'universal' donors (Blood type O+) so I feel extra obligation to donate. Thanks for sharing!

i am touched keep on doing your good works ,.wish i could do the same.its the little things that really change the world keep up your good works

in philippines we have lots of mobile for blood donations which came along in churches,schools etc. Its really a practice of me to donate blood and save lives . because i value each bags of live rbc. its free of charge im doing it for my family bec every bag u donate ul get the assurance of getting bags if u need it just show ur card n ul pay nothing. you helpd!

Well done. Canada same as UK - no payment given or expected <br />
Cup of tea & a biscuit is what you get on 3 visits a year<br />
I had blood transfusions during 2 Ops when I was very young - is there a better reason for donating than that?

Ive donated blood many times and even had a blood transfusion because i was very anaemic and my iron levels were too low so i had a transfusion 2 bags of blood.

I had always donated as well starting in high school, then it was to get out of class and then it just turned into the right thing to do. Years later I went to the blood donation truck at my job and they gave me a questionnaire and stated I could not donate blood because I had lived oversears in the 80's ( something about mad cows disease) I had been over there with the military and YES we did have a lot of free ground meat but no one ever told me I was contagious or may have something. I was so embarrased having to leave like that... A few years later I got a phone message from some nurse stating that even though I had been turned down I could now come back and apply... I never went back to the truck.....

Kudos! <br />
sorry you lost your parents so young.<br />
Stay strong, and keep donating!

I give blood to in the UK I have the raist blood type AB neg so it great feeling that i can do some to help people if i could help evey1 god as my witness i would ...GIVE BLOOD SAVE LIFES

They won't take my blood...or at least that's what I was told a few years ago. I am a carrier for hemochromatosis, But I don't have it so I don't know why they won't take the blood.<br />
I guess it's a precaution.

Your story is amazing. God bless you, this is very inspirational. You're a hero!

I really appreciate you giving blood. it could be me that needs it one day! =)<br />
i also give blood fairly regularly. when i was in high school, i gave blood for the first time. the red cross had a van at the school and i thought it would be great to get out of class for an hour or so. but after doing it and finding out that i had a rare blood type, i decided that it was so much more than "getting out of class". the info they sent in the mail a few weeks later really opened my eyes how important it is for me to continue to donate due to my rare blood type. i think its awesome that i can help someone. sorry to hear about your parents. i had to watch my mama die too. =(

I wish I could donate blood. I developed Hep A when I was 21 years old. Wikipedia explains: Hepatitis A (formerly known as infectious hepatitis and epidemical virus) is an acute infectious disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (Hep A),[1] an RNA virus, usually spread the fecal-oral route; transmitted person-to-person by ingestion of contaminated food or water or through direct contact with an infectious person. Tens of millions of individuals worldwide are estimated to become infected with Hep A each year.[2] The time between infection and the appearance of the symptoms (the incubation period) is between two and six weeks and the average incubation period is 28 days.[3]<br />
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My husband took me into a greasy spoon resturant in Beloit, Wisconsin and the rest is history.

i wish i could ,,but some swine gave me hepatitis years ago ,,only the one you get better from ,,but it stops me donating see,,, i find that hard as my dad needed loads of blood during his dieing days too ,,,so ,,,

Being thin has absolutely nothing to do with giving blood! I weighed in at a whopping 88 pounds and had a daughter who had to have transfusions and i gave ALOT I havent been able to for a few years becaue of meds im on, pernicious anemia...my blood floats to the top when they test it. NO IRON. i dont eat veggies either so that dont help.

Very beautiful of you. I should fallow your example. May God always keep you healthy :D

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I donate blood as well. <br />
In my last year of highschool, my best friend and I got our school involved in donating blood because there was a competition across highschools in our community (and outside of our community). <br />
The school that could get the most participants in their school ba<x>sed on population would win money. We ended up getting the highest number of particpants in our school to donate but because we had the largest school our % was quite low. It became 'cool' to donate blood, like how it's considered 'cool' to smoke or not wear your seat belt in the car sort of idea. :P <br />
Her and I donated blood way before that started and it's a great cause.<br />
I always feel better about myself after I've done so.

You're such an inspiration! <br />
If I lost both of my parents because of what happened to you, I would most certainly follow in your footsteps. You're so brave. I'm looking into giving blood, even though I'm only 14 I still want to do it. To help out, and possibly save the life of a mother, or father. Someone who has to be in someone elses life. Thank you for making my choice final. Good luck, and continue! <3

Thats really wonderful. I used to donate blood while was in high school. But after high school, i lost a lot of weight and started feeling dizzy all the time. I still wish that 1 day i will able to do it again. Gal keep the good work up!

I'm so sorry for your losses, but appreciate them because they give you 1) a reason to donate blood & 2) a compelling story to share with others & help them realize why donating is sooo important. I'm so proud of you for learning from you parents' mistakes. I'm so proud that someone out there cares enough about OTHER people. Way to go and please keep donating!!! I wish I could donate, but unfortunately with my illness & the medication I take, I'm ineligible for donation...