Why I am a Blood Donor...

Real Estate Agent with UTR, Texas Realtors

Are you a blood donor? If not, you should consider it! I used to be afraid to give blood. Now I donate every chance I get. I hate needles and every time I donate blood, the nurse has to stick my arm multiple times because my veins are small and slippery. It's not fun. But I still do it. Blood Donor

Here's why. About 20 years ago, my daughter had to have open heart surgery to correct a birth defect in her heart. The doctors at Texas Children's Hospital told us she probably wouldn't need any blood, but that to be on the safe side we could store some up if we wanted to. We needed to find six donors with O-Positive blood type. Parents can't donate to their children unless the blood goes through a special radiation process, so we had to search outside the family. I asked a few close friends if they would donate, and was surprised to hear so many excuses.

"I would pass out."  "I'm afraid of needles."  "I'm anemic." 

Excuses, excuses. My five-year-old daughter was about to have open heart surgery and she was facing it with great bravery...and these wimpy adults are afraid to donate blood! Hmmmmft!

We finally found our six donors (and some to spare), and our daughter made it through the surgery just fine without requiring any blood.  Since then, I try not to miss an opportunity to donate blood or to encourage others to do so.  Every blood donation can help save up to three lives. You can donate about once every 60 days, which means you could possibly help save 18 lives a year!

If you live in the Houston area, you can contact the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at 1-888-482-5663 to find a donation location near you. Or, you can visit their website at http://www.giveblood.org for more information.

So, think about it! Be a life saver! 

Rose King - Your Pearland and Friendswood Texas Realtor







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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I hate needles!  But I did donate twice.  I almost passed out the 2nd time.  

Jan 22, 2011 04:50 PM #1
Robert Slick
Beach and River Homes - Georgetown, SC

I used to donate more, especially when I was in college and it was convenient. Now it's hard to find the time. Thanks for the reminder. I'm B+, same as my attitude.

Jan 22, 2011 04:52 PM #2
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

I have a daughter who counted down the days until she could start giving blood - and has never missed a scheduled time yet!  Amazing dedication and such a good cause! :)

Jan 22, 2011 04:52 PM #3
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

You have great reasons.  You know what else I like.  It's giving back, but it's no economic cost to you, yet you make an eternal difference in some folks life, and you get all your blood back later.... all to do all over again!  Great.....er....Awesome post!

Jan 22, 2011 04:54 PM #4
Muhammad Mushtaq
Weichert, Realtors® - SBA Group - Fall River, MA

Rose, O- is a rear find group. I am a regular blood donor. In college we formed a student organization and registered thousands of students and teachers to donate blood. It is not only a good cause to help others in need but also healthy for our bodies.

Jan 22, 2011 05:02 PM #5
Rose King
UTR, Texas Realtors - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Catherine - don't give up! Try again...it gets easier!

Robert - ha, ha, I like your attitude!

Liz - Hooray for your daughter! Thank her for me!

Larry - I like that..."It's giving back, but no economic cost to you." Thanks!

Thanks for the comments, guys!

Jan 22, 2011 05:08 PM #6
Reba Haas
Team Reba of RE/MAX Metro Eastside www.TeamReba.com - Bellevue, WA
Team Reba, CDPE

giving blood is a fantastic gift, as is giving platelets. I hope people will also consider becoming an organ donor.

Jan 22, 2011 05:33 PM #7
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

I was a blood donor, once upon a time. Then hypertension ruined it for me. Once I get my weight down, I can resume donating, so that's definitely a motivating factor for me.

Jan 23, 2011 02:30 PM #8
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I use to donate but can't any longer since all of my aliments! But my husband does every chance he can.

Jan 25, 2011 09:21 AM #9
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