February 14, 2013

It's not just Valentines Day...

Today is February 14th.  Valentines Day.  The love going around today is amazing.  Flowers, Chocolates, and Candy are being given to wives and girlfriends.  Ladies, Did you do something special for the man in your life?  Kids handed out valentines at school.  Moms made heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.  Little love notes and surprises for all.  What is not to love about today.


But did you know that today is also National Organ Donor Day.  Oh, you didn't?  Well guess what, now you do!  Your Welcome!  

Tonight there are more than 117,167 people listed for a new organ.  And 15,770 of them are waiting for a liver.  I am one of them.  There are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters all just waiting.  Praying that someone had it in their heart to register as an organ donor.  That someone will have enough love in their heart to give them the gift of life. 

When I was first diagnosed, the first thing most of my family said was that they wanted to be tested as a match to be my donor.  I have had people I met through twitter or FB ask me if I would accept them as a donor if they were a match. And I even had one man leave me a blog comment, offering me a portion of his liver.  These people have so much love in their hearts that they are willing to save my life.  Well except for that man who continued on about a considerable fee. That was just awkward.  

So now that you are coming down off your sugar high, your flowers are placed in a pretty vase and hopefully your children are not to wound up to go to bed.  Take a minuet to thank an organ donor.  Or to say a prayer for all of us still waiting. 

And please, if you haven't already registered as an organ donor with your state, do!  If you are, Thank You!  You could be someones greatest hero.  You can save a life. Actually you can save more than one.  If you have any questions about how to sign up, let me know and I will do all that I can to help you out.

Happy Valentines Day.  Happy Organ Donor Day. 

8 comments:

  1. I'm registered! Its important to me and was kind of a fight in my family because my family doesn't get why its important. They feel they will lose me more after death if my organs are taken. Like as in my body will be torn apart and what are they burying? They still don't agree with my choice but my mind is set. I hope to continue giving even after death.

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  2. This is a very common fear that I hear from people. The way I see it, they are getting you for longer, by letting you live in someone else. It is your choice but since you are registered it will help make sure your wish is fulfilled! Thank You for being an organ donor!

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  3. I'm registered and have also told my family that I want to donate my organs - in the case I'm not able to tell them myself. It is so so so important! Thank you so much for this post. What a beautiful Valentines message!

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    1. No Thank You Lisa for being a donor :) I'm glad you discussed it with your family too!

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  4. I love receiving gifts so Valentines Day is one of my favorite mini holidays. lol. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm now following you back!
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    1. Great Post Kim! I did not know that Feb 14th was Organ Donor Day too.. I wish you well. Happy belated Valentines Day! :)

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  5. I had no idea the 14th was National Organ Donor Day! (BTW spell check totally wanted me to say orgasm day). Great job bringing awareness, now I will next year as well!
    Carrie from Just Mildly Medicated

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    1. HAHAHA! Good ole spell check! Always getting me in trouble! I'm glad I could help share the awareness :)

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