Becoming an organ donor
19th January 2016
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?