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mountainjam28
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#44050 3 years, 1 month ago
I am because what the hell am I gonna do with them when I'm gone? When I die, my body..to me.. was just the vessel I've lived in, my spirit/soul is gone so why not give someone else a second chance at life? Take what you need and burn what's left and scatter the ashes in the mountains somewhere.
aiko420
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#49741 3 years ago
I am both a donor and a recipient. Back in 2004 I found out that I only had 15% function in my kidneys due to years of abusing my diabetes. The progression of the kidney failure was so long that I didn't even know I was sick. I was still coaching youth soccer 5 nights a week, working a full time job and supporting my family up til the Friday before my operation. Luckily, my big sis was almost a perfect match so I didn't go on dialysis, or have to ask any family or friends or go on a list. She stepped right up to the plate and said to test her first. Amazing! For most of my life, my sister and I were never that close, now we talk atleast 3 -4 times a week. I am humbled by her generosity and by those who choose to be a donor.

She named the kidney "Lola" after the song... "She walked like a woman, talked like a man." We have a sick sense of humor in my family. She also had a going away party for Lola in Charlotte where she served bloody mary's, kidney bean soup and spare ribs. She played organ music during the party as well.

They say we all have a guardian angle to look over us, only I get to see and talk to mine on a regular basis. I have never been so Grateful! So, thank you to all who have expressed their willingness to be a donor! It touches the lives of people everyday. I heard once (or a few hundred times)... Sometimes you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!
Sometimes you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right
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bjpolar
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#65291 2 years, 11 months ago
I am, and have been since my first DL. Seems like the right thing to do.
Glad Phil continues to remind us, I think of him every time I see my orange donor sticker!
"...bound to cover just a little more ground..."
strangerinboulder
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#70051 2 years, 10 months ago
Been one since 1985.
taper.tsquare
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#70076 2 years, 10 months ago
aiko420 wrote:
I am both a donor and a recipient. Back in 2004 I found out that I only had 15% function in my kidneys due to years of abusing my diabetes. The progression of the kidney failure was so long that I didn't even know I was sick. I was still coaching youth soccer 5 nights a week, working a full time job and supporting my family up til the Friday before my operation. Luckily, my big sis was almost a perfect match so I didn't go on dialysis, or have to ask any family or friends or go on a list. She stepped right up to the plate and said to test her first. Amazing! For most of my life, my sister and I were never that close, now we talk atleast 3 -4 times a week. I am humbled by her generosity and by those who choose to be a donor.

She named the kidney "Lola" after the song... "She walked like a woman, talked like a man." We have a sick sense of humor in my family. She also had a going away party for Lola in Charlotte where she served bloody mary's, kidney bean soup and spare ribs. She played organ music during the party as well.

They say we all have a guardian angle to look over us, only I get to see and talk to mine on a regular basis. I have never been so Grateful! So, thank you to all who have expressed their willingness to be a donor! It touches the lives of people everyday. I heard once (or a few hundred times)... Sometimes you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!


what a cool story, thanks for sharing. i especially like that your sis named the kidney "Lola" and had a going away party for it.
tumbleweed
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#74735 2 years, 10 months ago
Donor, and thanks to someone else who also was, my sister received 2 donated lungs at age 29.
Congenital condition..
The donor whose lungs she received gave a 29 year old woman, my sister, my best friend, 2307 more days to live had she not received them.

2,307 days. The donor's gift extended her life. She'd have otherwise died at 29.

2307 days later, her underlying disease ultimately overcame her and she died. She was 35.

We don't just promote donation awareness, we talk to people about assigning healthcare proxys, and filing a State issued organ donor form with their doctors and attorneys, etc.

2307 days.
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wlewis
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#78521 2 years, 10 months ago
right here!
who else is gonna bring you, a broken arrow?
violetgoo
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#90808 2 years, 9 months ago
JUST CHECKING THE BOX OR STATING TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE OFFICE WHEN GETTING A LICENSE THAT YOU WANT TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR DOESN'T DO IT FOLKS!!! YOU NEED TO TELL THE PERSON OR PEOPLE WHO WILL HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY AFTER YOU DIE!!! THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WILL MAKE THAT CHOICE FOR YOU- NOT YOU. MAYBE YOU CAN DO SOMETHING WITH A LAWYER- LIKE IN A WILL OR SOME KIND OF THING LIKE THAT WHICH IS LEGALLY BINDING AND TAKES THAT RIGHT AWAY FROM YOUR NEXT OF KIN TO DECIDE WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY AFTER YOU DIE- YOU CAN ALSO HIRE A LAWYER TO WRITE UP THE PAPERS TO GIVE SOMEONE LEGAL POWER OF ATTORNEY WHO IS NOT YOUR LEGAL NEXT OF KIN. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PLAN IF YOUR NEXT OF KIN ARE ESTRANGED AND YOU DONT TALK TO THEM OR IF THEY ARE RELIGIOUS NUTS WHO WONT RESPECT YOUR WISHES TO BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR AND WILL DECIDE AFTER YOU DIE THAT PARTS OF YOUR BODY SHOULD NOT BE DONATED. YOU HAVE TO MAKE ABSOLUTE SURE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CONTROL OVER WHAT IS DONE WITH YOUR BODY AFTER YOU DIE ARE GOING TO DONATE YOUR ORGANS. JUST TELLING THE PEOPLE AT THE DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICE OR HAVING "I WANT MY ORGANS DONATED" ON YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE WILL NOT DO ANYTHING IF YOUR NEXT OF KIN OR OTHER PEOPLE LEGALLY DELEGATED TO DECIDE WHAT IS DONE WITH YOUR BODY DONT WANT ANY OF IT DONATED. TELL THE PERSON OR PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS LEGAL RIGHT!!! THEY ARE THE *ONLY* PEOPLE WHO CAN LEGALLY MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!! sorry to be so dogmatic about this w the all caps and stuff but my beautiful friend Lisa Brooks died at the age of 22 waiting for a liver. im extremely passionate about organ donation and want to make sure that a liver that could save someone like my Lisa does not get wasted because that person didnt know that the box they checked legally means nothing and the only way to ensure that liver gets to someone like Lisa is to make damned sure the people who will decide this after you are dead have been told in no uncertian terms that your organs are for donation and not for whatever plans those next of kin people might have for you. THANX EVERYONE!!!
violetgoo
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#90809 2 years, 9 months ago
P.S.- I am an organ donor of course cuz before Lisa died years and years ago my parents and siblings understood very clearly when i die they are to tell the people at the hospital or morgue that my body is for donation.

P.P.S.- Lisa did receive a donated liver at age 18 (she was born with liver disease that never went away and it destroyed her liver by the time she was 18) but by age 21 her body began rejecting that liver and she wound up on the list for another liver and that is why she died at 22 waiting. so i did have a loved one who had received a donated liver. i had told my family i wanted to donate my body when i was a little kid tho- the first time i learned that people can do that kind of thing so knowing Lisa didnt make me want to donate- i was born with that tendency to give and realized it when i became aware that organ transplantaion etc existed- prob about age 6...
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Island Head
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#159494 2 years, 3 months ago
I just got back from renewing my drivers license and I checked YES for the first time. Thank you Phil for showing me the light.
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kevin
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#162108 2 years, 2 months ago
I have been for years. I can only imagine the joy this meaningless (to me) gesture could bring to many lives.

My question to the FFF is this:

Why aren't you an organ donor ?
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FennarioMike
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Re: How many Organ Donors in the Forum?

#203732 1 year, 10 months ago
I actually had a very similar conversation on another thread - so I'll just paste the message on here as we'll. it was in part, in response to some fears that doctors might not fight as hard to save your life if you are an organ donor. I don't agree with that sentiment - but here's what I said...

"Well, here's some information that I have recently learned about organ donation - at least in MA...

Let me start by saying that I am a big supporter of organ donation and I am also a regular blood donor.

My 19 year old son, Collin Young, was killed this past July in a very bad car accident - he was an organ donor and it was listed on his license. Like me, he too was a big supporter of organ donation. I learned of his car accident at about 2 am and was told that he was alive and breathing but not conscious and that he was being medflighted to Mass general Hospital in Boston. I arrived at the hospital at about 3am and was told that he died at the hospital while they were trying to work on him.

My family members were on their way to the hospital already - unaware that he had actually died - they thought that he was just badly hurt. I did contact my daughter and my sister to inform them - and to let them know that they didn't have to come to the hospital - that there was nothing to be done. They of course insisted on coming down to support me as well as to see Collin.

In my crushing grief I hadn't thought about Collin's organ donation wishes. We finally left at about 8am - it took my daughter quite a while to get to the hospital - she doesn't live very close... On my ride home is when I thought about organ donation. By this point Collin had been dead for over 5 hours. I knew that they needed to harvest organs right away after a person dies - that tissue death would begin quickly thereafter.

Later that day I did get a call from the Organ Bank asking my permission to attempt to harvest organs from Collin. At this point, they said that they would take my son's body the next day and see what they could possibly use. They said that some things might still be viable - such as bone, corneas...

Unfortunately it turned out that too much time had elapsed - and that no organs or tissues were acceptable.

I had asked the doctor why they didn't harvest organs right away since it was indicated right on his drivers license. It turns out - at least in MA - that the family has to consent to organ donation despite what it shows on your license. Since we weren't there at the moment of his death, they had to wait for me to get there. And knowing that I had more family members coming, they chose to just wait. They also didn't want to bring me this bad news - and then not even let me see my son because they were busy dismantling him. That's just too hard on a grieving loved one.

So - they don't just go right ahead and take your organs just because it's on your license. That little organ donation indicator at least lets your family know - and reminds them - that it actually was your wish. Your family member would likely have to be informed of this preceding your death so that they could get prepared to harvest before you actually expired. This also gives the family member the mental space to come to terms with this decision before they just go right ahead with it. While they would likely get many more organs if they just went ahead and did it despite the family's wishes - it's a much more compassionate way to go about it without causing further trauma to a grieving family.

While ultimately I wish that Collin's organs could have been used to help so many other - given the way the situation presented - I'm glad that I was able to spend a final couple of hours with my boy before I never saw him again."
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