National Transplant Week


This week (9th - 15th July) is National Transplant Week. I wanted to do a post on it because organ donation is something I so strongly believe in. I'd be a strong supporter regardless of whether I had CF or not, but having CF does mean it's a cause close to my heart.

Cystic Fibrosis doesn't have a cure yet, the symptoms can only be managed. Despite all the medicines and treatment required to keep lungs healthy, they still get worse and often the ultimate outcome is lung transplantation as they'll be so badly damaged. CF affects many other organs too, so CFer's can also need things like liver transplants too. I know and know of so many young CFer's whose lives have been transformed after receiving their new lungs. Without them, they wouldn't be here today which is what make organ donation so amazing. But I also know of many who have lost their fight with CF after waiting on the list for too long. 

This is because of a lack of donors that have signed up to the register, I think it's one of those things where people say they'll get round to doing it but forget to. Or in many cases, people haven't told their loved ones of their wishes to donate their organs after they've passed, which is the theme of this year's National Transplant Week. When a family member or friend passes away it's an emotional time and often the thought of letting doctors take their organs is too much to bear, but if they know it's what that person wanted then they're more likely to let it happen and more lives will be saved.

But I know that some people just don't want to donate. Even some very close family members and friends have said to me 'Oooh, I don't like the thought of someone cutting me up!' It makes absolutely no sense to me at all to think like that because, sorry to be blunt, you'll be dead, ain't like you're gonna feel it! No one likes to think of death, but I think of it as living. When I die, if I can give my organs to someone so that they can live then it means that something good can come out of something bad, know what I mean? I don't know why you wouldn't want to give the gift of life...after all, if you were in need I bet you wouldn't think twice about accepting a donated organ! 

To find out more, visit www.transplantweek.co.uk  and to sign up to the register go here. Here's some great info as well:
Organ Donation Facts and Figures





I'm so interested to hear your views on this! Let me know what you think, whether you agree or not. Don't be afraid to say if you don't...after all, we're all entitled to our own opinions and it's totally your choice! 

Josie xx

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15 comments:

  1. when i'm dead, they can take what they want, like you say it's hardly going to make a difference to me. even now, if a family member or close friend needed a transplant, i'd chuck 'em a kidney. no problemo.

    lovely post josie, sad to read that you know people who've lost their lives due to waiting too long.

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

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  2. I've been on the donor register for years and spend a lot of time at work encouraging new patients to tick the little box to get themselves on there too. I'd like to think if I can help someone live longer as the result of my death then something good will have come from it.

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  3. I believe organ donation is incredibly important (as is donation blood if you can). Great post, v.inspiring :) xx

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  4. I totally agree with all of what you say. You're not exactly going to be using them or need them once you've passed!

    I signed up a couple of months ago and if im going to help some people then that's brilliant!
    There needs to be more awareness of signing up for the organ donation!
    Great post, as always :)
    xxxx

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  5. oooooooooooOOOOOOooh I just did a post too! GO US! :D

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  6. This is a great post! I think Organ donation is very important and I personally can't see why anyone wouldn't join the organ donation register, but that's just me! :) I have been on the register since I applied for my driving licence lol :)

    xox

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  7. When you get your drivers license in my state, you list whether or not you want to be an organ donor. I've been listed as one for as long as I have been driving.

    Amy


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  8. what a great topic to blog about. I am a proud organ donar.

    natalie
    http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com

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  9. Great Blog post Josie!! xx

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  10. It might not be the conventional choice, but when I go I plan on having my body donated to science. As a biologist by trade (funding ended that career...hopefully not forever) I know the importance of research and medical training. Plus I kinda like the idea of inspiring future generations of scientists :)

    Gems x


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  11. such a great topic x im an organ donor and if anything happens to me, my family know i want my organs to be donated x

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    Natali Crystal xox

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  12. It's great to see your raising awareness for transplants. I'm an organ donor myself (other than my heart, it've faulty as I had a part transplant as a child) and really encourage people world wide to do the same. Just lovely to see someone taking their time to do this.

    www.ameliaisnotcross.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Hi dear, thanks for bringing this important subject to my attention. I think we have to put the person that requires the donation first... it is sometimes be a matter of life or death for them.

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  14. I totally agree with this post, I signed the organ donation register a few years ago now, I think it's only right to help someone else if you've passed away. But each to their own :)

    misskirstymarie.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  15. I couldn't agree with you more. I registered years ago. And like you said, you may be dead but you're passing on the gift of life. Well done on raising more awareness. xx

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