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Monday, September 15, 2008

Organ Donations

The news about my friend's son, who needs a kidney donor, brought home something I've been thinking about lately.

I am a strong believer in organ donation.

I always imagined that, after my death, there would be all these people, out there, whose lives I saved by donating my organs.

Though it is so difficult to think about, it can be very comforting for a family to know that out of their darkness and tragedy emerges hope, and new life.

Cancer took that away too.

I can't donate anything... ever.

Not blood; not organs.

Not while I'm alive.

Not after I'm dead.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Anonymous said...

Then what is left for you to do is to share the value of it....there are many people who don't realize the value, and you can share that with them.

I'm not trying to belittle your feelings, but if you can get others to donate blood/get tested for bone marrow donation etc...you can also play a part.

Rafi G. said...

that is a shame. but you are sharing your experiences and making others in similar situations stronger and more capable of coping.

Sarah said...

Me, too, sweetie. Same position. I have systemic strep A, and any donation of anthing, including blood, is out of the picture. It makes me very sad, too. I used to donate blood 2X/year.

You donate so much to those around you. You can give of yourself while alive. We (your faithful readers) all know that, and we cherish it. It'll stay with us always.

hugs, Sarah

Anonymous said...

I made aliyah a year ago, and promptly found out that I can't donate blood here - because I had a heart attack 11 years ago!

(Not to mention that I gave 5 gallons of blood to the Red Cross between the time I recovered from the subsequent surgery until the time we left America.)

mother in israel said...

Most people (not all) who donate organs are in an unenviable position. Maybe you are having a bad day, if this is what you are worried about! If so I hope you feel better soon.

Anonymous said...


You are one dynamite person!

I pray for you. Yes, I agree that organ donation is one of the best things that we can do to help save another person's life.

I hope that I can do that also some day.

Blessing to you!


Anonymous said...

Dear RivkA,

Realise that some people donate far more to the world than the sum of their body parts. And you are one of them!

PG, you should keep donating for a long, long time.


Baila said...

Noone wants my blood either. It used to upset me, but I got over that. Now when people ask me to donate blood, I answer with a cheery "you don't want my blood", and if they ask why, I just smile mysteriously.

Here's the thing--don't you get pricked and prodded enough with all those blood tests you must have to take, not to mention scans, and who know what else?

It's okay RivkA, you can't and don't need to do everything. In this case it's okay to let someone else pick up the slack.

Eliyahu S. said...

I agree with baila, and those before her. There are always more ways to help than any one person can do. We each need to find our own little bit of tikkun `olam ("fixing the world") and focus on that.

This blog is a good tikkun all by itself, I'd say.

With feelings like these, maybe you need therapy? (Just kidding! :D )

Lurker said...

I understand your disappointment regarding this, but I think you're selling yourself short. You are contributing plenty, and in a very real way, right now. Your blog is a particularly outstanding example of that.

Ilana said...

You can't do the big Mitzvah of donating physical parts of your body. It is yet another thing that cancer has taken away from you. It is "unfair", frustrating, and disappointing.

I want you to know how much you donate to me personally. There are so many ways, but I will just mention one right now: your insightful and on-target advice on all kinds of issues that come up in my life. So many of my personal interactions with other people go more smoothly and more effectively because you understand these things and explain them analytically so I can understand. Everyone has their own gifts. For some, one of the gifts is donating part(s) of their body. You have other gifts. They may not have saved my life yet, but they have enriched it immeasurably.

Anonymous said...

yes, frustrating/sad.
fyi - in israel, can't donate blood if you have insulin dependant diabetes (whereas in US can if "in control")


Batya said...

I understand.
Living with cancer has so many far reaching effects on your life.
Just live--refuah shleimah!