Why be an Organ Donor?

Hiya! I just thought I’d let you know I finalllllyyyyy signed up to be an organ donor! I know you can be whatever age to register as an organ donor but for some reason, I thought you had to be over eighteen. And yes, I’m almost nineteen now and I should’ve registered ages ago but I completely forgot until maybe two months ago when I decided to register!

I thought I’d do a blog post about why it’s important to be an organ donor and debunking some of the established thoughts around being an organ donor!

First thing first, you do not have to be a live donor. One of the main reasons I hesitated becoming an organ donor was because I thought one day out of the blue, I would be forced to give up a kidney or part of my liver. That’s just not true. It’s a choice whether or not you want to be a live donor and no one makes that choice other than you. The risks from becoming a live organ donor are very slim so it’s nothing to worry about and if it’s something you are interested in doing, it’s very rewarding to know someone is going to live a better life with your help and support.

You choose what you want to donate when you’re dead. Now I don’t mean they speak to you from beyond the (not yet existent) grave, you simply just have to fill out a form when you apply to be an organ donor and tick what you want to donate. You can donate your kidneys, liver, heart, corneas, lungs, pancreas, small bowel and tissue – you don’t have to donate it all! There’s no shame in you wanting to keep your corneas or even your heart. You are choosing that you want to donate your organs and that’s much more than some people do.

Doctors will try to save your life if you have any close calls with death. I don’t know if this is a common thing people assume but I’ve heard it a couple times, where people say doctors will try a lot less to save your life if you’re in any close death situations. This isn’t true. Doctors work hard to try and save your life before they try and attempt saving someone else’s life. Just because you’re an organ donor doesn’t mean they’ll think, “Oh, it doesn’t matter about this person, if they die their organs will be put to use”.

Becoming an organ donor is super important because the demand for organs is so much greater than the supply. So many people die waiting for organs they so desperately need because so so many people need them and there just isn’t enough donations to go around. Becoming an organ donor can help save lifes. I know that sounds incredibly cliche but it’s true. If you choose to donate all the organs available than that’s potentially 9+ lives being saved just from one body alone.

For organ donor recipients, it may mean a fresh start in life. Someone who is a recovered alcoholic who previously had a failing liver, has a second chance at living just from a liver being donated. Someone who has weak lungs, may be able to have fully functioning lungs and can breathe without assistance again. It’s truly amazing what donating your organs does for the recipients.

Losing a loved one is hard. But many families take comfort in knowing their loved ones organs and body is being used for the better. The fact that their loss of a loved one is helping someone have a much better life may help them grieve.

Here are some stories of people who have thrived from organ donations:

If you have read this blog post, and your mind is completely changed about organ donation, here is the link to register. (uk only) It takes less than two minutes to register, it’s really that simple!

exit

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook |Bloglovin|Snapchat : s.ophieharris

Posted by

just a girl who loves spreading positivity

22 thoughts on “Why be an Organ Donor?

  1. congratulations on choosing to be an organ donor! I am one two. My mum received a kidney after five years of being on the waiting list from a donor and it has allowed her to live her life and watch us grow up. I would love to think that one day I could help someone in a similar situation. Great post! 💗

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Congrats 😊 I’ve been an organ donor for a couple of years now, The only thing not ticked is my corneas and that’s only in case I pass away before my Mum, she says she doesn’t think she could handle knowing my eyes are being used elsewhere.. but otherwise I’m of the opinion they can take anything of use 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. What a wonderful post and congrats on becoming a donor. I’ve been a donor since I can remember and think it’s such an important thing that we as human beings can do. If it wasn’t for organ donors in the world my cousin would not have received a new heart just days after giving birth to twins, allowing her to continue living a full and active life ❤️💕

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Perfect post! People need to know what being an organ donor actually means (: I’m one, and for the longest time my boyfriend was mad at me about it because he thought it meant they wouldn’t try to save me after an accident. I had to explain to him several times that’s not the case unless I include a DNR tag

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Thank you. As a liver transplant recipient I appreciate anybody raising awareness and joining the register. I am shocked that anybody would think that being on the register would mean that treatment would be withheld. I could be wrong but I think access to the register is strictly controlled even within the NHS transplant units.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s completely okay! I’m glad you are all good! And yeah I think the only problem is the card you have, like if people saw it, they’d probs withhold treatment but that’s silly anyway!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s