This is not the typical post you can expect to find on a beauty blogger’s site. I’m not “totally obsessed” or “literally can’t live without” anything this month. I just made a big, adult decision in my personal life.
I’m also not writing this post to try and show complete strangers or people who know me what a good person I am. I’m simply going to share my reasons with you on why I decided to become an organ donor.
Buckle up folks! This is a personal one!
When I was seven years old, my oldest brother passed away in a horrific car accident two weeks before he turned 22. Although the accident was so awful that only one person survived (the drunk driver of course, Satan looks after his children well), I’ve wondered a couple of times over the years what would’ve happened if my brother actually survived the accident and if he didn’t sustain half the serious injuries. Big what if.
If he managed to survive and there were organs available, I would have another brother, my parents would have their oldest son and none of would have the emotional scars the drunk driver left all of us with, but sadly that is not how it worked out especially since one of the other guys in the car only passed away later in hospital with grave injuries and in incredible pain.
If anyone else survived, an organ would’ve given the survivor a second chance at life and given their family so much hope and happiness.
Reasons to become an organ donor
Apart from giving a family hope and prolonging someone’s life, here are some other reasons:
- If you need a new organ, you are giving the transplant recipient a second chance at life and the quality of their life will definitely improve.
- Most religions approve of organ donation.
- It’s very easy to become a donor. If you change your mind, it’s as easy as ripping up your organ donor card.
- You don’t have to be a spring chicken to register. People of all ages are welcome to donate organs and save lives.
How to register
It’s a very simple and 100% free process.
Register online or call the Organ Donor Foundation’s toll free line on 0800 22 66 11. They will send you a small organ donor card to fill in and carry in your wallet. They will also send you a sticker to put on your ID document and on your driver’s license. It is very important to discuss the decision with your family. If you do change your mind, all you need to do is rip up the organ donor card and take the stickers off your ID and driver’s license. Contact the Organ Donor Foundation here.
Are you an organ donor?