Blood donation is a huge part of my life and I think it should be a huge part of everyones lives.
I'm constantly going on to friends and family, hell I'm on to perfect strangers about it too! But yet only one of my friends has donated blood even though they all know how much it matters(well I hope they know at this stage!)
I made a video trying my best to explain it all and to show you a little of what the process was like(they told me I couldn't film after a while..!) So I will link it below.
But maybe if I tell you a little sob story you will think about it a little more?
Just before Christmas 2011 my older Brother Seán was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia. I'm terrible at explaining it so I'll let Wikipedia do it for me:
'Aplastic anemia is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. The condition, as the name indicates, involves both aplasia and anemia. Typically, anemia refers to low red blood cell counts, but aplastic anemia patients have lower counts of all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, termed pancytopenia.'
It's not like regular anaemia in the slightest and I watched my Brother's health decline rapidly as he waited treatment. He received something like 8 full blood transfusions and 14 I think platelet transfusions. He also received ATG as well.
Now if people like me who are A+ didn't donate their blood death would be knocking at my Brother's door right now(Seán is also A+) so basically without blood donors people like my Brother would not be alive. Seán is only 24 and I couldn't imagine my life with out him.
This is a very brief synopsis of 'My Story' but PLEASE give blood. Stop making excuses, you have the time and your fear of needles and/or blood is much less then the fear of dying because not enough people donated your blood type that week.
Watch my video here
Let me know if you decide to give blood and I will give you a virtual bear hug!
Until next time,
I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you soon!