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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 78 Responses Jul 26, 2010

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I just donated blood today myself. Its a good habit to get into.

I wish more of us Canadians were encouraged to donate, unfortunately we are not. I think paying people to donate, would actually encourage more of those selfish people to do so.

Thanks for sharing your story. Your insight is sad but inspiring at the same time. They no longer pay for blood donations that I know of in the U.S., There was a time that my wife and I would donate Plasma, and get money for it and it paid many a bill at the time or put food on the table. Yet again they no longer run that program.<br />
I will always make time to donate, and my wife would, but it effects her in a bad way and she is sick for about 3-4 days after. I have no problems. I am very proud to say that our youngest son(16) came home very upset from school one day and told us the blood mobile had come to the school and many of the kids were able to donate blood. He was not and it really upset him.<br />
About a month ago we took the time to go into a blood center and being his first time he didn't pass his screening, his blood pressure was up a little to high, I think it was nerves and so we had to return the following day, then he was able to donate. He was very happy to and looks forward to doing again soon.<br />
As with my wife, some are unable to donate, but there are things you can do as well, be a greeter at the center, help by doing something to get others started or put together a blood drive of your own. Thanks to all of you that can donate and those of you that are here because of the gold in your veins donated by strangers or loved ones, give back when you can. Give LIfe, Give Blood.

And then there is platelet donation. It takes longer than blood because you own blood is put back into you minus the platelets. Not too much longer if it can come from one arm and go back in the other but for me they had to use a special machine that would alternate drawing and replacing in the same arm.

As an RN, I did platelet apheresis..Donors such as you , all donors should be commended!!!And, I thank you.all.

I've heard about an hour to an hour and a half. That's a small piece of your day to help save a life.

Your story is very touching. A hug from me to you.

I used to donate all the time but I had to take a break the past few years because of visits to malaria infected countries. I look forward to donating again as, though I don't relish having a needle stuck in my arm, the thought that I may be saving a few lives is exhilarating.

I applaud you!!! May all the good things in life come your way. ours, they give free juice and sandwich. I remembered once that we ate all the food left after donation....hehe

In usa you dont get payed for donation of blood But after you donate so much blood they will give you so much free should you or a family member ever need blood for an accident or medical condition . Thankfully I have not had to take them up on the offer. The thought of someone eles's blood in me creeps me out but I would do it if I had to for my boys. I am proud to say I am a member of two blood donation <br />
organizations. Mississippi Blood and United <br />
Blood services. Although sometimes I have to miss going to donate because its been to soon or I have an infection. I found out 7 years ago that my blood type is o-. For those of you that don't know it is the universal blood type. Only 9% of the world have my blood type because of my vactionations it make it that much rare. I have had bad asthma since the time I was a child and the first time I went to donate blood I <br />
was scared because I associate needles with iv's and all the hospital visits I had as a child. I went with my husband for support and was going to back out but he was there with me the hole <br />
time. When we went in the RV I seen this little girl sitting on the bench playing with her doll that appered healthy and her mother was telling them that she would like to donate her blood to <br />
her little girl. Curous I asked her what was <br />
wrong with her daughter. She told me that she <br />
has a disorter, that she will need transfutions <br />
maybe for the rest of her life. That her girl is O- and theres short supply because its a rare type and not enough people donate with that type. <br />
So here was this little girl that was no older than I was at as a child going through all the needles, IV's and hospital visits just as I had to. I made up my mind to go through with it then. I <br />
told the lady that was taking my blood for donation that I wanted to donate mine for that little girl who latter I found out was named Nicole. I guess the lady asked the mother what her daughters name was or something like that. Either way Mary found out what I had done <br />
because when we were walking back to the car I heard someone screaming wait please wait. I<br />
turned to see that it was the Mary and her daughter wanting me to stop. When Mary reached me she was in tears. She told me that she really appricates what I did and her girl and Nicole wanted to thank me. Nicole thanked me and gave me a hug and told me I was brave. Really it was not me at all, it was Nicole that was <br />
the brave one. We have keep in touch all these <br />
years but one year ago today August 12,2010 I found out that Nicole had past away. She told me once that she wanted to be a doctor to help other kids that are sick. She would have made a great doctor. She was kind, loving and smart. They got hit by a drunk driver on the way back from picking her daughter at school. She was only six years old with her hole life ahead of her when it wad cut short. Today I donate in her memory and because if something were ever to happen to my boys (knock on wood) I would want someone to be as Nicole was and brave enough to donate for them. If it wasnt for <br />
this little girl Nicole that I meet 4 years ago plying on a bench with her doll I would have never had the chance to help others. Please don't drink and drive. If you don't lill yourself you will kill someone else and distroy someone else's and your own. Please donate 30 minutes to an hour and a half to save someones life. RIP Nicole.

Everyone that can donate blood, I am proud of you and thankful... so very thankful. Without people like you, my mom could have died at one point. I would donate blood myself, but I can not as I have HepC. I didn't get it from doing drugs or drinking a lot, I got it from being born because my mom had it. from a tat she got before I was born.

I donate blood and when I'm done, I pat myself on the back because I did something sooo wonderful, I also do it for the $$ and cookies.

I think that it is a wonderful thing to do. I donated for the first time about a month ago and got thoroughly sick. Not sure why. But I'm hoping to do it again in a month or so. I'm ok. The blood came back normal. Just not sure why I felt so faint.

Here in Great Britain we don't get paid to donate blood either. I think every one should give it for free cos 1day you may need some yourself and I would not wish to buy it and I doubt any body else wants too.?? Keep up the good work.

I used to donate blood a lot, but the last time I did it I got very woozy so don't do it anymore.

I think I will do it at least once. I thought I never would, because I have been in the hospital so many times, I AM SO SICK OF ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO W/ HOSPITALS, and I don't even want a needle stabbing me in the arm ever again. :] But I think I will try it at least once, and after that, who knows? X)

What a lovely person you are !! Earth needs more like youwho are not doing such life-saving deeds for the money. I tried to donate my blood, but my iron was too low :( But they gave me a sticker that said "I tried!" Haha. =] <br />
Be blessed!

I can't wait to donate mum got sick and needed blood..thats why i'm so thankyou that people donate it

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...

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!

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

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.


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

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 blood floats to the top when they test it. NO IRON. i dont eat veggies either so that dont help.

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 ,,,

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 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. =(

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

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.

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