I’m getting on my high horse…but for a good reason so stick with it.
Do you recognise that card above? Well if you’re in the UK you should do and if you’re in the USA or other countries you’ll have something similar or a marking on your driving licence that has the same purpose.
Saving lives when we lose ours!
I have had a donor card and told my family my wishes since I was a child of about 12 years old. This card is mine, my new one because the first one wore out.
One day when I pass away whether through natural or unnatural causes my organs will go to someone who needs them. My passing will allow another person to live for more years and yours could too.
I was reminded of how important these little cards are today because a young lady I know has finally been put on the organ transplant list to get her new lungs.
She has battled leukaemia for far too many years and has finally been told she is in remission once again but the treatment has taken its toll. She has a rare skin condition from the chemotherapy and her lungs have been so damaged by a lung infection after her last round of chemo that she now needs new ones.
She is fabulous and at 16 is still fighting this battle but has it left her feeling sorry for herself? No! She raises money for charities and promotes knowledge about her conditions gaining her the young person of the year award from her local area.
This could happen to anyone you know. Any ones kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, eyes….any organ can give up on us at any time and for no fault of our own.
Would you deny your child, your neighbour or even a stranger from half way across the country the chance to live with one of your organs when you can not use it any more?
I would hope not and I hope also that you have one of these cards, that you have told your family and friends what your wishes are so that when the time comes…those pieces of you can be passed along.
Our bodies are naught but a shell containing our souls. Once the soul has passed on to the next level of life we have no use for them except to fertilise the soul of our mother earth. Why not put that shell to use?
When I pass I will be watching to make sure that my wishes are followed and I will watch those who are given this the greatest gift closely and with a smile on my ethereal face as I see them carrying on