Post # 1
I just signed my organ donation card and I feel a bit weird about it. I know that logically if I’m dead I won’t need my organs (including tissue, skin etc.), but I guess thinking about my own mortality makes me a little sad. It seems like a nice gesture to help someone else in this way. Part of me is hoping I didn’t jinx myself and I won’t get hit by a bus tomorrow lol.
I don’t want to start a debate on here at all, but I was wondering what your thoughts are about it. I decided to sign it as a spur of the moment kind of thing without really doing any research or anything. Have I made the right choice? Is there anything I should be aware of?
If you are donating organs, why?
If you aren’t, why not?
Very interested to hear responses!
Post # 3
I’m an organ donor… like you said- I won’t need them when I’m dead! I’d even consider being a living donor for my sister or other very close family member (like a kidney, ‘Hey, I have a spare!’ hahaha)
Post # 4
@canarydiamond: I’ve had my donor card signed since I was 18 and haven’t been hit by a bus yet! 🙂
My personal thought is just that I won’t need my organs and they could save someone’s life. It’s a non-issue for me. It’s like asking what I want done with my clothes when I’m gone. I don’t need them. I don’t care what happens with them- other than something specific my family would want (which is why I’m an organ donor but not donating my whole body to science or something- so they have something to bury).
Post # 5
I’m an organ donor but only for my organs to be used for other people not for research. There are two options to choose from..you can choose both but for some reason the idea of my organs being cut up for research doesn tsettle well with me
Post # 6
I am an organ donor, and in Georgia it goes along with your driver’s license. I just thought it was the normal and everyone was one (you got a $2 discount if you chose to be a donor – not saying that’s a legit reason). I’m all for helping save another life or two if I could, so why not? I think it’s one of the greatest gifts you can give.
Post # 7
@sweetchiquita12: Hmm interesting – I only see one option on my card. Maybe it’s different in Ontario? It just says “transplantation” on mine.
Post # 8
I always keep my card with me in my wallet 🙂
I think being an organ donor is one of the best things in the world, knowing that my organs will help other people live after I die is a happy feeling, because I know how long some wait and how they suffer from not finding the suitable one for themselves. Even just imagining how happy and thankful they would be makes me proud of being one.
Post # 9
@canarydiamond: I am not and I wouldn’t be, which is just my personal preference. I would be a living donor for a close relative though.
Post # 10
@canarydiamond: I’ve been an organ donor since I had my license. After I’m deceased I will no longer need them and so many other people will. I like knowing that even after I’m gone I can still help people – it’s something I find fufilling and oddly comforting. Do I like thinking about death? Heck no. Terrifies me, really, but I do like knowing my last ‘act’ will be helping to save someone else’s life.
Post # 11
@GeorgiaBride5: Here in Alberta it’s on the back of our provincial health card. I wasn’t even aware of this until recently and I guess I never looked into it either. At first I thought it was driver’s license too.
A couple of weeks ago I read a story about a girl who was in a very bad accident in Australia and she needed skin… but there was NONE. Some was flown in from the U.S. and she survived. Now she is slowly on the mend and she petitions to get people to be organ and skin donors. That spurred me into action.
Post # 12
I can’t imagine choosing not to share your organs after you are dead. My dad wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for a cadaver donation when he was in his 30’s. Years later I was able to be a living kidney donor for my dad when he needed another one. I feel proud knowing he is there to walk me down the aisle because I was able to give him one of my organs.
Post # 13
@springbride23: That is a nice way of putting it!!
Post # 14
@canarydiamond: I am an organ donor as is my FI. I thought long and hard about it but ultimately decided to give someone else the chance to live on after I am gone. I worked in a very busy ER for years and I have seen first hand someone lose their loved one and even in their grief they decide to donate. I never got to see the patient on the other side though and see their face when they were told there was a match but I am sure I would bawl like a baby. I know it is a very personal decision whether to donate or not and I respect both sides equally.
Post # 15
i’m an organ donor. i don’t need them when i’m dead so i hope someone else will be able to use them. it took me awhile to feel this way though because i’m terrified of surgery. even though i knew i’d be dead and wouldn’t feel anything, i couldn’t get the surgery part out of my head. i finally got over it though. and yes i know it was a stupid fear.
Post # 16
@MexiPino: Lol hopefully I will have the same luck!