September 27, 2010

Are you an organ donor?

The other day, I had to stop by the Revenue Office and get a new drivers license. I have not gotten a new license, since my sister has passed away. One of the first questions they asked me was if I still wanted to be an organ donor. In the past I have always said yes, with a smile, knowing that someday I might be able to help someone out if something were to ever happen to me. But this time it was different, after she asked me, I just stood there with a blank look on my face, not knowing what to say or do. The only thing I could think of was the horrible scar my sister had from being an organ donor, and how we couldn't burry her in her white princess gown because of it. How last minute we had to find something else to send her home in, and it wasn't quite as beautiful as the white gown. This really made me stop and think about being an organ donor. Should we all be organ donors and help someone in the future who might need it? What about in our everyday lives, are you an organ donor? Have a you gave your heart to Jesus? It's exciting to know that in our lives, we have the opportunity to be an organ donor twice! So, stop and and think about your life. Sometimes its worth having those ugly scars for God to forgive, so that we can "donate" our hearts back to him. = )

7 comments:

Becke' said...

she blogs! she goes deep! I love this...have never thought about it that way. love you too! Funny how we automatically check things without really knowing all that is involved in such a thing...experience doesn't necessarily sway us from our previous checked box, but it does open up a whole new realm of what it entails. And by grace, we know that Jesus will cover both the physical and emotional scars.

Anonymous said...

Your story about Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

There are now over 108,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,000 members at this writing.

Please contact me - Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers - if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog so much. I had such a hard time after Kiley passed and your blog provided healing. I did not know you personally, but Kiley was my "hero". I always wanted to be just like her. Thank you for posting such a sweet post.
-Whittney

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