A serious post from me today. National Transplant Week runs from 7 to 13 July 2014 and this is what I want to talk to you about. Please don’t skim over this as it is so important to talk about being an organ donor and I am going to explain to you why it is important and how talking about it can make a unbelievable difference to someones life.
A – Amazing
I along with a group of bloggers are all going to tell you why we think it is important to be a donor, we are going to spell it out for you and my letter is A.
Firstly donating an organ is an amazing thing for anyone to do. It isn’t an easy decision and has an impact on the people you leave behind, but you are giving an amazing gift to another person.
Do not be Ambiguous
• Only 45% of families will agree to donation if decisions aren’t known
• This rises to 95% when the decision to be an organ donor is known
So you have to talk about organ donation with your family and friends. Let them know what your decision is and why. Make is clear and do not be ambiguous.
Why organ donation is important to me:
I have touched upon my condition and dance with cancer in the past. The fact that I have a genetic spelling mistake and may have passed this on to my boys is hard to deal with, but it is not something that dominates our lives. We choose not to let it, but it does mean that as a family we have all discussed death and that I have seen more than my fair share of family die.
I know that if in my death I could help another person I would in a heartbeat. I know that it is though peoples generosity and also scientists and doctors thirst for knowledge and desire to find cures that my childrens lives and outcome may be different to mine. So for me it is about Advancement.
What I want you to take away from this blog post
Please don’t just read this post and nod to yourself. I am asking you to make an action, to go away and tell your family and friends that you want to be an organ donor. Talk to your partner, your parents and your children, ask what their wishes are and make it clear.
If you haven’t signed the Organ Donation Register, then please go to the National Transplant Week website and sign up.
Now you know what I want to be an organ donor I would love for you to pop over to Aim Above Limits and see why Katie is an organ donor.