Post # 1
I renewed my license today and I am now a proud organ donor. I always wanted to be one but never remembered to check that little box at the DMV until now. To me, it seems like a no brainer. My organs will obviously not be of any use to me when I’m gone so why not give them to someone who needs it? I know a handful of people whose lives were saved by organ donors and I can only hope that someday (hopefully many years down the road) a little part of me will save someone else.
So, who’s an organ donor? If you chose not to be one, is there a specific reason why? I imagine there are probably cultures or religions who don’t allow it but I’m wondering if there are any other reasons…
Post # 4
I told my parents that I didn’t want them to use my eyes, because the thought of that creeps me out. I also want to be buried in a mausaleum instead of underground. I followed it up by telling them that as long as I can die believing that’s what’s going to happen, it’s fine with me. If they decide to do differently, I certainly won’t know :).
ETA: I voted other since I’m listed as a partial organ donor.
Post # 5
I’m not because I am Jewish and we are supposed to go back to the ground as close to the way we started (i.e. with all of our organs)
Post # 6
I am! I have been since I was 18, and before that, my family knew that I would wish to donate my organs if something happened to me!
Post # 7
I am, but Darling Husband is not happy about it. He is very weird about death, especially when I talk about me dying. He says it makes him sick to think about them cutting me up and giving away my parts. I think it is very sweet, but I say too bad! 🙂
Post # 7
Im not now, but next time I renew my license I wil be! 🙂
Post # 8
I always have been. You can help so many people… I couldn’t not do it.
Post # 9
yep, bone marrow as well.
Post # 10
I’m not. Not for religious reasons. I wouldn’t donate blood either.
Post # 11
I am. Just remember that your family needs to know your wishes since they are the ones who decide after death what happens. Even if you are an organ donor, your family could not say anything and they wouldn’t take your organs.
My mom’s corneas and heary valves were donated.
Post # 12
I’ve been a donor since I got my license. And I’m actually about to be a living donor (as in, I’m going to be giving a kidney away) so, obviously I believe it’s important!
Post # 13
Me, too. I wish the US would switch to an opt-out method instead of an opt-in method. I also donate blood regularly. I have thought about living donor/bone marrow stuff also, but I don’t know enough about it and right now is not a good time for me to undertake something like that. I would definitely look into it in the future, though.
My dad died waiting for a heart.
Post # 14
@latoya: Wow, thats amazing. Good luck!
Post # 15
@Amaryllis: I agree wholeheartedly about an opt-out choice.