Becoming an organ donor

19th January 2016

Becoming an organ donor

There was something very important on my to-do list this January. Something I’d been wanting to do for a long time, and a decision that has the potential to be life saving for someone else.

Become an organ donor.

I hopped on to the NHS website, filled in my details and that was that. I’m now an organ donor. Better late than never, right?

So, here’s why I finally got my s**t together and joined the register.

My brother was born with liver disease. Thankfully he has never needed a liver transplant, but what if he had?

We would have expected a liver to be available. We would have expected someone to die, and that person to have been an organ donor.

That thought has been playing on my mind for a while. I think we are all guilty of having the attitude “It will never happen to me.” but anything is possible. No matter how much care we take of ourselves we may be one day in a situation where we, or our loved ones, need the gift of an organ from someone else.

I’m not trying to be morbid or trying to make you feel depressed, but it’s the truth. It’s not something we like to think about, but we should.

If you are a UK resident, you can join the register here. As I say, it literally takes 2 minutes and you even have a choice as to which organs you want to donate. Once you have registered, ensure that you take time to talk to your loved ones, say “If I’m ever in the situation where I no longer need my organs…” and explain your decision. Because telling your family is just as important as signing up (seriously, have a read of this interesting article).

In two minutes you could change someone’s life forever. Honestly, you will get a real sense of achievement from it.

Are you an organ donor?

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  1. This is super inspiring! I didn’t know it was that easy to sign up, I imagined it to be a lot more paper work. I will definitely sign up, organ donation very important to me especially since I’ve been exposed to them in terms of biological research and learning about the impact of them at university for people in need. Congrats on signing up though, I’m really proud of you! I’m giving blood next month as part of my new years resolution :3

    Big hugs <3

  2. Congratulations for your decision. I signed up too when I changed my GP last week.

  3. Jamie

    Congratulations on becoming an organ donor! This is really a selfless act. I am proud and happy that you became a donor. I have been for a few years now and I hope that one day, someone can get some usage out of my organs. If not, at least science can have them. :).

  4. Susanne

    It’s not making people sad to say that you and your family may not be healthy forever. It’s a part of life and it’s just being naive ignoring that fact, sadly. I think I did this too some time ago, I’ll have to check if I really did or if I was thinking of doing it.
    I remember when I lived in Italy ages ago I saw a film about an American family that was in a terrible car crash in Italy where their young son (in his teens) died. They agreed to donate his organs. This event was very well received by the Italian people and if I don’t remember wrong a foundation was started to promote organ donations in Italy and inspire people to do it. I think it was named after the boy.

  5. Congratulations on your decision. It’s a wonderful thing to do. πŸ™‚

  6. No, I am not. There’s a reason for it. I take too many medications for my mental illnesses, that I don’t think that my organs will be any good. I cannot even donate blood anymore because of my medications. Oh well. Congrats, though!

  7. I’ve always said that I would be happy to donate my organs if I died. I’m a medical student and so regularly meet people who have received organs and had their lives transformed. I think it’s important that people are able to be open about making their wishes known to avoid any difficulties should they die. Organ donation is really important and I’m glad to see so many people who would be happy to donate. Obviously plenty of people have their reasons for not wanting to donate and I completely respect this – it’s a choice, but it does help to make people aware of your wishes.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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