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|Organ Donor - A Personal Choice
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Organ Donor - A Personal Choice
I recently took my daughter to get her Learners License (this is one of the various "graduated" steps in Arkansas before actually being able to obtain a true Drivers License.
When filling out the paperwork, they asked her if she wanted to be an organ donor. She wasn't sure what to say. She said that she would be, however, she was telling me later that she wasn't sure if she wanted to be or not.
The way I personally feel and as I told her, is that in my mind, if I have anything of value to someone else when it is my time to leave this life, then I see no reason why someone else shouldn't benefit from what I will not ever need again.
As I live my life, I enjoy helping others, and if I can help someone else one last time in my death, then I believe that is the thing to do. I told her, that she can always change her choice and that I believe that being an organ donor should be a persons personal decision.
Organ donation is a noble step, but not for everyone, and being fully informed may help you to make your own decision.
Facts About Organ Donation
-- You can donate organs at almost any age – anywhere between a newborn to a 65 year old can sign up.
-- The donor family does not bear the cost of the surgery, despite some beliefs to the contrary. All costs will fall to the recipient.
-- Around 90,000 people are waiting for organ donations every month, and roughly 20 people a month die who could otherwise have been saved by available organs.
-- Kidneys, lungs, heart, skin, pancreas liver, eyes and intestines can all be donated.
-- Around 95% of eye donations enable the receiver to see again.
Cons of Organ Donation
-- Religious reasons may cause someone to be against organ donation. In some religions for instance, it may be believed that organ donation could affect you in the after life.
-- Many people avoid becoming organ donors because they are afraid it will affect their own medical treatment, such as they believe that doctors and surgeons might not do their best to save them when they find out they are donors.
Pros of Organ Donation
-- By donating your organs, you will be able to save lives, which will have the recipient of your organs and their family remembering you as a true hero.
-- By being an organ donor you could actually help save more than one life. A single donor may touch the lives of up to 50 people.
-- For some people, this may help them believe that a part of them will never die. By someone else living with and knowing that they have received your organs, your memory will live on through them.
So whether you participate in donating an organ or not, just having the option of making that decision is something wonderful and should be respected by all no matter what a persons personal reasons are.
Because It's All About YOU! and Changing Yourself and Your Life for the Better
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|This is a very unselfish act and I am a donor.|
|Excellent blog! I am in the process of working on being able to donate a kidney to my future husband. |
|Hi Darleen: I shared on Twitter. Continued success to you. Thanks for sharing.|