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post #31 of 51
I would like to share this story about my friend Lesa. She made an amazing sacrifice and it gained her amazing results. It really is a blessing for her to meet the recipient and she has talked to me so often about this.

http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories...443&ran=156430

http://citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.d...065/1009/RSS01
post #32 of 51
My parents are religiously opposed to being an organ donor. Personally, I think it's the right thing to do, and am one. I also told my parents, who think I'm violating the laws of heaven (It is, apparently considered sacrilege in both Islam and RC to not be buried with all your parts. those who have had parts amputated generally have their removed parts cremated so they can go to grave with them.)

However, if anything good can come of my passing, I want it to.
post #33 of 51
I'm a donor. In Canada we can now directly link your agreement to donate to your health card so when they swipe your card it outlines your decisions.



I would like to raise some attention to the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry (through Canadian Blood Services...i'm sure there are others in the states). Only 30% of people that need bone marrow will be a match to relatives, the rest have to hope for match fromt he Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry! It's simple, you just fill in a questionnaire online, the contact you to give you the location and paperwork to give a blood sample and that's it. You will only be contacted if you are a match.

Please join the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry!

(ok...i'll get off my soap box now! thanks for reading!)
post #34 of 51
I'm signed up to be an organ donor; I also donate platelets on a regular basis and am on the bone marrow registry.

I've made sure my husband is clear on my wishes. I figure once *I'm* gone, the shell is unimportant and they can take anything/everything they can find useful. I'm also considering donating my body to science, although I'm not sure how that impacts the organ donation.
post #35 of 51
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Originally Posted by slitty_kittay
I am a donor and coming from a medical family I also think it's a little offensive that some people actually believe medical personell might not try as hard to save someone if they are a donor.

I also wonder if any of those people who answered no would use organs or blood in a medical crisis.
I don't think any offense should be taken by people who feel this way.

Being an organ donor is a very personal decision. I don't think it is something people should feel obligated to do, and I also don't think that those who decide not to donate their organs should be made to feel like they are doing the wrong thing.

I am an organ donor. I have been since I was 18. It is tied in with your DL here in Florida as well. My Dad was with me when I took the test but he didn't sign the form for me because he didn't think I was old enough to make that decision and thought it was best I wait a couple of years.
post #36 of 51
Absolutely. It's indicated on my DL and my family members are aware of my wishes.
post #37 of 51
I was an organ donor but recently developed Crohn's disease which is classified as an autoimmune disease. I am not able to donate blood or Organs now. I had been a blood donor since I was 18. I am also a rare blood type which makes it more frustrating for me since there was always a demand for my A- blood.
I applaude everyone who is a donor. I wish I could still do it.
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by Renny
I would like to raise some attention to the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry (through Canadian Blood Services...i'm sure there are others in the states). Only 30% of people that need bone marrow will be a match to relatives, the rest have to hope for match fromt he Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry! It's simple, you just fill in a questionnaire online, the contact you to give you the location and paperwork to give a blood sample and that's it. You will only be contacted if you are a match.

Please join the Unrelated Bone Marrow Registry!

(ok...i'll get off my soap box now! thanks for reading!)
do you have the address for the online form? I'd certainly consider signing up.
post #39 of 51
I am an organ doner myself, well I actually am signing up AGAIN! After I renewed my license I forgot to send in the new form so last week I was actually looking up the info online again. My mother was not an organ doner but had said she wounldn't mind before she had ever passed away, and her eyes went to two different people. I may have lost my mother but 2 people can now see their loved ones, 2 people have something my mother couldn't use anymore! After that I gladly would give anything they can use from my body for whoever needs it.

As for the people with reservations on organ dontation due to the thoughts that they would be cared for less due to it, I have to say I disagree but do not think worse of them for it. My thoughts on that are it's much harder to let you die, harvest your organs, get then where they have to be in the method and timeline for each organ, then surgery again to place that into the new body and hope and pray that that body doesn't regect it!!! It seems to me a much easier thing to do to try to save the first person in the first place than to go through all that trouble for just a chance. And if the person you are trying to save DOES die, you get to do it anyway!

That's just my rambling thoughts.

But I will say again I am a very happy and willing donor of whatever spare parts they can use from me. Even though I don't have perfect sight, someone who is blind would give anything to see as bad as I do, someone with a bad kidney would give anything to have one that works somewhat, skin graphs to help those who've been burned badly (I've got A LOT of extra skin they can have now!!!) There is something they can use!
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by turtlecat
My parents are religiously opposed to being an organ donor. Personally, I think it's the right thing to do, and am one. I also told my parents, who think I'm violating the laws of heaven (It is, apparently considered sacrilege in both Islam and RC to not be buried with all your parts. those who have had parts amputated generally have their removed parts cremated so they can go to grave with them.)

However, if anything good can come of my passing, I want it to.

Have no fear, organ donation is considered a good thing by the RC Church. Pope John Paul II commended organ donation in his letter titled Evangelium Vitae. It is also ok for Muslims to donate organs. Every single major religion poses no objections to donation, just a few sects here and there.
post #41 of 51
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Originally Posted by squirtle
I don't think any offense should be taken by people who feel this way.

Being an organ donor is a very personal decision. I don't think it is something people should feel obligated to do, and I also don't think that those who decide not to donate their organs should be made to feel like they are doing the wrong thing.
I'm sorry, but I do take offense! To even consider that medical professionals like my parents would not try as hard to save donors is a pretty awful thing to say.

Yes, I agree organ donation is a personal thing. If someone does not want to donate, that is completely their right.

I do think it is kind of strange if people who dont donate(other than for medical reasons) accept blood or organs when in need. Of course everyone should have access, not just those that would donate, it just seems a little hypocrytical. When it's your backside on the line, everything looks a little different.
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by marie-p
do you have the address for the online form? I'd certainly consider signing up.
Here you go.

My grandmother (who raised me) had kidney disease and ended up having a transplant. The kidney she got came from a man who had died in a car accident. If it wasn't for him being an organ donor, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to get to know her, and be raised by her. So to answer the question, I definitely am an organ donor. I will admit, when I was younger and first asked about it, I wasn't sure. But then I thought about that wonderful young man, and the fact that if it wasn't for him Nanny wouldn't have lived. I became one that day. And everytime I renew my health card I check yes.
post #43 of 51
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Originally Posted by slitty_kittay
I'm sorry, but I do take offense! To even consider that medical professionals like my parents would not try as hard to save donors is a pretty awful thing to say.
I don't think the poster was saying that we should take no offense to the people thinking this of the medical profession - but of those people who do not want to donate for other reasons.
post #44 of 51
Yes indeedy I am! I also come from a medical family, and I know the need for my organs, should anything happen to me.

Just a reminder to those of you who voted yes: BE SURE your family understands your wishes and IS WILLING to carry them out. This caused one of the first really nasty fights of my marriage, when my (now-ex-) husband saw the donor indication on my license. He told me he wouldn't let them do that to me. I told him that even though we were married, this was still MY body and MY choice.

When my mother's husband died suddenly last Aug of a brain aneurysm, Mom was comforted to learn by reviewing his medical records that he had decided just a few months before to become a donor. Doctors were able to send his kidney, liver and corneas to those who needed them, and even since my mother passed I've received a thank you letter (through the donor network, not to her personally) from a recipient. It was heartwarming to hear how much this gift meant to this man I'll never meet.
post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by Chester&Piper
Here you go.

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thanks for posting that! i'm trying to spread the word whenever i can. One of my co-workers son's passed away after they couldn't find a bone marrow match for him. It was horrible to go through and I hope no family has to do that ever again!
post #46 of 51
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Originally Posted by RicaLynn
Just a reminder to those of you who voted yes: BE SURE your family understands your wishes and IS WILLING to carry them out.
This is very important in the US because the family's wishes most likely will be carried out over any stated desire (via Driver's licenses, etc) to donate.

I also agree with those who say that it is a very personal decision. It reflects how you feel about life and death. My personal feeling is that I'm done with it. Help someone else if you can.
post #47 of 51
I am not one due to religious reasons. My husband is and I do not agree with his choice but it is his body, not mine, so I have no real say.
post #48 of 51
I've been an organ donor since getting my driver's license at 16. At first, I agreed to it b/c it got us a discount on the driver's license fee .

But seriously, I personally cannot fathom NOT being an organ donor. Bradley's diabetes is taking a toll on his body and his kindeys are in the early stages of going bad. I have no doubt that one day he'll probably have to go on dialysis and eventually need a transplant. I shudder to think what would happen if we lived in a world where NO ONE donated their organs. As it is, not enough people do it now IMO.

For all of you who do plan on donating your organs, may God bless you. You are angels.
post #49 of 51
I believe that the system should be changed from an opt-in one to that of an opt out one. Thus the default presumption is that everyone is an organ donor UNLESS they opt out by signing some form.
post #50 of 51
Yeah I am.
post #51 of 51
No I am not. I can't give blood because of the medicine I take, so I doubt if I could give my organs.
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