Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It's National Organ Donor Day

First of all, Happy Valentine's Day!  Hope you feel plenty loved, especially today.

Hearts are a big symbol for the day of love, but today I'd like to talk about a different kind of heart - the one beating from within your being.  That kind of heart, and the other organs housed in your body, can be donated after death to continue the life of someone else.  And that's something pretty special.
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Today, National Organ Donor Day, recognizes the importance of organ donation.  There are thousands upon thousands of people who are waiting for a life-saving organ donation.

I'd never really gave much thought to organ donation until my mother passed away last April.  I received a call about three hours after her death from an eye donor bank.  After some short consideration, I consented to having her eyes donated.  I was torn because I didn't know if I'd made the right decision.  Oddly enough, it kind of bothered me that my mom didn't have her eyes when she was buried.  But, a few months later, I received a letter from the Eversight organization that a woman in Chicago received a sight-restoring transplant because of my mother's eyes. You have no idea how much it means to me that mom's eyes now help someone else see. #MommaCanFinallySeeAgain

Are you an organ donor?  Or does the whole thought of it weird you out?
Do you know anyone who has received an organ transplant?


Peggy said...

I have always said they can have any part of my body that would help someone else. I will not need it where I am going. I think you did the correct thing with your Mother's eyes. I don't know her but I bet she would have wanted to help others.

VickieC said...

now this is one of the better of the national days,,some are really stupid,,this is one that I would get behind