This past weekend I made a big/great decision to become an organ donor. When I first got my license I never really looked into it or cared about what it meant because I was simply excited to start driving. Now, that I’m older, I realize that life is a ticking time bomb and you never know when it’s your time to go. Statistics show a new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 13 minutes. To me, that translates to there’s a lot of lives at stake and I’m willing to donate my organs to someone who needs them long after I’m gone.
There are many myths surrounding the decision to become an organ donor, which leave some people less willing to make the personal sacrifice. For instance, some people think if you’re involved in a medical emergency, the hospital personnel will be less willing to save your life if you’re a donor. However, this is false and there are no downsides to becoming an organ donor (I researched it before filling out a card). It’s a personal choice, but it’s a wise one because thousands of people die waiting for an organ but never receive one. If you’ve never seen the movie John Q, I suggest you watch it. It’s based on a true story about a young boy who is in desperate need of a heart transplant. Your eyes will be welling up with tears before you know it. It only begins to stress the importance of saving a life.
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