#9 Become an organ donor.

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

I am reporting out of the self-imposed cocoon: throat is still sore, nose is runny and ramen stash is quickly depleting.Today’s act of kindness I’ve admittedly had up my sleeve for quite some time but never acted on it. Mainly because it stresses my slightly superstitious immigrant mother out.

What is it about organ donation that makes people so uncomfortable? Contrary to popular belief, my chances of perishing in a freak accident do not rise because of the carefully-tucked organ donor card in my wallet.

Here are some quick facts about organ donation you may not have known:

  • One donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance as many as 75 through the gift of tissue donation.
  • In the absence of registered consent, only 50% of families consent to organ donation.

After a few easy clicks on beadonor.ca I am officially a registered organ donor.

What the hell am I going to need my organs for after I die? Open casket funerals creep me out anyways. I say, take them all!

Total Kindness Cost: one very awkward phone call with my mother

Have you or anyone you know been affected by organ donation?

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13 Comments

  1. If you can’t be an organ donor because of medical reasons, you can still help others by donating your body to a local medical college. I don’t need my body to remain intact, and having been a teacher all my life (so far) I’m happy to let others learn from my body after I’m gone.

    • Me too! I didn’t know who it was attributed to until I looked it up today. For whatever reason I thought it may have been biblical.

  2. Good for you!
    A dear friend chose to donate his body to science (Michigan). One of the ‘stipulations’ was, he could not be an organ donor also.
    I would like to add, based on our experience of having him ”qualify” for full body donation, his body weight was an underlying qualification he had to meet, at the time of death. His weight had to fall within a ‘range’. So, it was no guarantee he would be donated until after he died. He had to have a backup plan, just in case.

    • Thanks for stopping by! I agree. I think a lot of people consider it and just never get around to it. It literally only takes 5 minutes.

      🙂

  3. I received a heart/lungs almost 15 years ago. Organ donation works! I am so grateful that my donors family decided to give that gift through the difficult time they were going through.

    • Hi Judy,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story – that’s wonderful to hear. Just out of curiosity, are you able to request information on who the donor was if you choose to do so? Or is that confidential?

    • Thank you so much for sharing the lovely story about your dad.

      I had goosebumps the entire time I was reading it. What an incredible legacy to leave behind. It made me all the more certain I made the right decision.

  4. I am the recipient of a cornea. My donor was a 23 year old man who was killed in a car accident a few days before my transplant. This man and his family gave me the gift of being able to live my life free from the extreme pain of corneal erosion. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for my unconditional gift!

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and share. A few of my friends and family expressed some apprehension after telling them that I became an organ donor, but this just reinforces the fact that I know this is the right thing to do.

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