Give Someone the Gift of Life This Year

blood

I have been giving blood a couple of times a year since my 30s. The first time I went, there was a plea from a local news station stating that there was a shortage of o positive (O+) blood. I am o positive. I am one of thirty-seven percent in the U.S. who can give to anyone, but my body will only accept o positive or o negative (O-). My blood type is in high demand.

The first day I gave blood, I was hooked.

December 2010 my life changed. For the first time ever, I became the recipient. I never really gave it much thought as to what what I was really doing when I gave blood before. I did understand I was helping someone who was sick or injured, but it never clicked that I was literally saving someone’s life — until it was my life that was being saved.

The first night I was in the hospital I received four pints of blood — from four people who took time out from their busy lives (and got nothing in return except, the possibility of feeling good) —  to give something to a stranger they would never meet. Were they aware of what a true ‘gift’ they were giving someone?

I still think about those days sometimes. I received over twelve pints in total throughout my cancer ordeal.

I thought about it again today after watching a news story about a young boy who needs a bone marrow transplant. His parents are hoping to find a donor match by telling his story via the media.

bone marrow

Testing bone marrows aren’t the painful experience they once were (it can be done by swabbing the inside of a cheek) and then the possible donor will be added to a registry. The demand for blood and marrow donors still vastly exceeds the number of donations.  More donors are needed.

Donating a part of yourself is, in my opinion one of the greatest gifts you can give. Your kindness can change someone’s life forever — just like the ones who saved me. If you want to give blood, you can find a local blood bank in your area that you can donate to. If you want to be on the bone marrow registry, go to bethematch.org.

So this holiday season, consider giving someone a gift they can’t find in a store — the gift of life.

Peace,

Inge

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4 thoughts on “Give Someone the Gift of Life This Year

  1. Good morning Inge, Each time I leaf through your blog, I feel awe and amazement that you are able to do and give everything without the thought of reward, although we know deep down that karma operates in all levels of consciousness. I am writing to you today because, I am at the crossroads where the last chemo in Arizona left me sick for seven days…and I can not handle the chemo anymore. The doctors suggested the sirtex treatment, with their reassurance that it is not a cure and a chance of liver failure. Now what kind of bullshit is that? Is not a cure but it will lengthen my days by what? I am seriously thinking of stopping the chemo all together and just wait till the Almighty pulls the plug…. Master’s Love and Blessings!!

    Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:58:48 +0000 To: carmelocenteno@hotmail.com

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