By MJ Cadle
March 04, 2007
While I applaud Mr. Undis for reminding us of the importance
of organ donation, I would ask him to be more respectful of those
who for either health or religious reasons are unable to donate
and not leave us out as recipients of organs or transfusions
should we need them.
All my life I have walked by the blood donor vans feeling guilty
that could not donate. All my life I have wished I could donate
my organs. I have encouraged those around me to donate organs
or blood and thanked people I know who have. But I cannot.
Thanks to an illness at an early age, I have been told I can
never donate either blood or my organs (I checked again when
my husband went to donate blood a few months ago). There are
many others out there like myself who are unable to donate FOR
YOUR SAFETY. Others who may even need organs to continue living.
Would you deny them an organ transplant because they were unable
I was the lucky recipient of 2 blood transfusions during my cancer
treatment a few years ago (not on par with an organ donation,
but still a gift that helped to save my life). I am incredibly
grateful for the donated blood and incredibly grateful that Swedish
Medical Center does not have a policy of giving first to those
who donate or I might not be alive today.
If groups like yours proliferate, I think you will find many
people signing up to donate knowing full well their organs are
unsafe. They may even go so far as to lie should you start to
ask questions about their health history. Do you really want
someone like myself who is now at high risk of cancer recurrance
to agree to donate you my organs just so I can be on your list?
Received March 04, 2007 - Published March 04, 2006
About: " 20 year Alaskan,
9 years in Ketchikan"
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