The gift of life – Organ donor awareness week 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013 Permalink

I realise I’ve been remiss.

I’ve seen a series of posts over recent days promoting organ and tissue donation as part of Donate Life’s National Awareness Week. And I, of all people should be out in the blogosphere, pom-poms in hand and placard at the ready, highlighting the selfless opportunity we have to provide  the ultimate gift: that of life.

donate life

But, I have to admit, it’s all still a bit too raw…. my own father’s passing.

He wasn’t an organ donor.

He was instead the recipient of someone else’s generosity.

In December 2000, he received a heart from a stranger; giving him almost 11 more years of life, and us more than a decade with a man devoted to his family and a friend to many.

I’ve already said it all before, so if you have the time I’d encourage you to have a read of my earlier posts and think about what you can do which may – one day – give someone else a second chance at life.

Borrowed time – my father’s heart transplant

Giving thanks – without the turkey (Attending an annual organ donor thanksgiving service)



  • Eating as a Path to Yoga
    March 1, 2013

    My mom received a kidney from her sister 27 years ago, when I was 10 years old. Don’t bring your organs to heaven! Heaven knows we need them here on Earth!

    • Debbish
      March 3, 2013

      Love the quote Jill. My mum is quite religious but gets grumpy if anyone tries to talk about organ donation (or even stem cell research and the like) being against god’s wishes!

  • @Kanga_Rue
    March 1, 2013

    It’s a really important decision that people need to make and, most importantly, let their loved one’s know.

    Good job for spreading the word!

    • Debbish
      March 3, 2013

      Thanks Ruth. Obviously it’s something that touched my family personally!

  • Mel
    March 5, 2013

    That’s a really pertinent post. I think being an organ donator is one of the most beautiful gifts you can plan to give. I’m already a donor for everything (except my eyes cause I want to be buried with them). What a wonderful person that was that helped your late Dad all those years ago.

    • Debbish
      March 6, 2013

      I’m on the donor register too. Though the thought of being cryogenically frozen (and brought back to life) is still v.tempting!

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