Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Future Christmas...

I just officially became an organ donor.
i added my name to the uk's online NHS organ donation list.

Organ donation is not something that i had ever really thought about until recently
It is not something that i think sounds particularly pleasant,
being dissected after death
(especially from a girl who cant even give blood for my ridiculous needle phobia)
but when you think about it the Undertakers do 
all that embalming stuff afterwards too,
 which aint much better.

But i got thinking about it recently after speaking to a man i know.

His daughter was waiting for her second lung transplant.
She was suffering from cystic fibrosis.
Her first transplant had given her 5 happy years, 
but now she was in need again.

And he told me of the joy that the first transplant had given their family
and how they so much wanted to share that joy with the donor's family.
Wanted to let them know that their kindness during the time of their loss
brought so much happiness to their family and saved others from feeling a similar loss.

He also spoke of the dilemma they felt now.
Wanting their daughter to get better,
 but not wanting another family to have to suffer so that she could.

How they were praying to God to help them come to terms with what was meant to be.

And she died, a couple of weeks ago.
I guess this time it was her turn to go.

And this short conversation that i had with him took place 
in a kitchen rather off-handly whilst peeling potatoes for a lunch we were making.

But i felt there and then that when i die i want to be able to give someone else
that new lease of life and joy.

Today i saw a link on facebook,
and i followed it through,
and am now official organ donor.

anyone in the uk can register here.

Merry Future Christmas.... 

1 comment:

  1. Good job:) I signed up for organ donation years ago. My uncle got a new heart almost 20 years ago, and he is doing fantastic. I bet his kids think that was the best present they got back then they were between the ages 8-13.
    So if we are meant to go, why not make someone else happy.
    Merry Christmas.