- First: last summer I had 13 blood transfusions
- Second: words 'Liver Transplant' came into play in January (as of now I'm ok, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed until I'm out of the woods).
- Lastly: The Ellen Show - an inspirational 'get the word out!' story.
Here's the video that really urged me to write this post. This 20 year old Canadian, Helene, needs a huge transplant & yet tries to stay optimistic by raising awareness. Ellen showed her video & had her on the show (surprisingly) via Skype. Not only did they spread the word but Helene will get to go to see Ellen once she's able to travel :) ... Now I post this video & the following links to help spread the word.
- To donate blood you can contact your nearest American Red Cross & watch for your local blood drives.
- To become an organ donor:
- Visit Donate Life Kansas or Donate Life America & get signed up.
- Say "Yes" at the DMV, when asked whether you wish to designate your decision to be an organ & tissue donor and say "Yes" when also asked whether you wish to be listed in the statewide registry.
- Complete and mail in a registration form. You may also call toll-free 1-888-744-4531 to obtain a copy of the form.
- Sign the back of your driver/nondriver license with a permanent marker – be sure to have a witness sign, too.
- Include your decision in an advance health care directive, will or living will.
- If you have a donor card or other signed record, sign & carry it.
- Provide any communication witnessed by two adults during a terminal illness or injury (one witness must be a disinterested witness).
If you have any questions or concerns the Donate Life sites have lots of information & frequently asked questions.
~ Get out there & save a life! ~