OT - life preserving actions.

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Registered: 06-24-2009
OT - life preserving actions.
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Sat, 03-13-2010 - 4:15pm

I have two friends right now that need donations of organs or tissue in order to stay alive.

One has leukemia, and all treatments have failed, and she is looking for a bone marrow donor who is a blood and tissue match.

I have another who has been on a waiting list for a liver for a year. She's fading. Her doctors are suppressing her immune system in hopes that a liver will come available soon, and she will be ready to receive it.

Please, please have a discussion with your "next of kin" about your wishes for your organs after you no longer need them. Encourage them to do the same.

You can also get on the bone marrow registry at: http://www.marrow.org .

It has been a very difficult time for both women. They have been gracious and courageous in the face of what are really dim odds.

I think we can all agree that making this effort is life-affirming, life preserving, and pro-life by anyone's definition of the phrase.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 03-13-2010 - 9:03pm
Personally, I feel there is absolutely no logical reason to not require all individuals to donate organs upon death.

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Sandy
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Registered: 04-20-2009
Sun, 03-14-2010 - 6:33pm
Personally, I agree with you. After my organs, tissue, skin, eyes, and whatever else can be used is taken, I could care less what happens to my body. My husband, on the other hand, is determined to be buried as intact as he can be. Regardless of our religious affiliations now, he can't shake his evangelical upbringing enough to agree to cremation. I imagine that's most people's issue with organ donation.
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Registered: 10-11-2005
Mon, 03-15-2010 - 2:08pm

I've already told my family that I want as much of my body donated as possible. (I have a heart condition & thyroid disorder check with my Dr to make sure that I could be a donor, because I've had it on my driver's license since I was 16 THAT wanted to be one, the Dr's said I was ok to be one) I informed my family that if they didn't carry out my wishes I would come back and haunt them till they last day. They all have agreed to do what I want.

See my dad needed a heart and he died because he couldn't get one. So it's important to me to help another family out.

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.