Wednesday, 13 February 2013

The best gift you could ever give

Something that's been in the media a lot lately is raising awareness about signing up to the Organ Donor Register. There are so many people waiting for a call to say "we've found you a liver/heart/lungs etc" that will save their life every single day, yet only a fraction of the population has signed up to the register. I appreciate that this can often be a tricky topic of conversation and it's our individual right to choose whether we register or not, it may even go against religions, but to me it's a no brainer. 

When talking about money people will often say 'you can't take it with you', so why are we not of the same mentality when it comes to our organs? I know the two are very different, but the principles are the same. What use are they to us once we're gone? I signed up to the register when I was 18 and regularly check my details are up to date. I would love to think that should something happen to me, that I would be able to save  another persons life, someones mother/father/daughter/son/sibling/partner, because really what will I need them for? 

The last thing I want to do is start preaching that you should all sign up, even though I do think you should ha, but have a think about how you would feel if you were living every day waiting for that organ, not knowing if your time will run out? And not just that, what the families of these people are going through too? The pain they must watch and feel, the loss when their loved one doesn't receive that life saving organ in time?

It's definitely food for thought.

Thanks for reading, sorry it's been a bit of a bummer but hey, it can't hurt to spread the word right?



  1. Well said! I'm on the list. My friend needed a liver transplant years ago, she was months away from dying but her life was saved thanks to some kind person xx

  2. I am in love with this post! And that poster. ha! This is such a great message and it's rad that you are speaking out about it. I've been an organ donor for a long time, and hope that my organs stay healthy enough to help someone out later in life. Hooray for science!

  3. I think this is really important! Thank you for posting it :)