If my internal hemorrhaging happened 150 years ago, I wouldn’t be here. The people who donated the blood I was given had no idea it would go to me, but I’m so grateful.
I had a lot of internal bleeding that just wasn’t stopping
I’m an avid hiker and surfer and had always been healthy, but about a year ago I suddenly had really bad abdominal pains that wouldn’t go away. After 4 hours I called my parents, who are both doctors, and they told me to go to the emergency room.
The ER doctors thought it was appendicitis at first, but as soon as I stood up to walk, I fainted, which made it seem like something else. So, they ran tests and discovered I had a lot of internal bleeding that just wasn’t stopping. That was terrifying to find out. My dad—who lived in another city—booked a flight to come to the hospital, which I knew wasn’t a good sign.
Without blood transfusions, I wouldn’t be here
I was at a small hospital, so I was given blood transfusions to stabilize me enough for transport to a larger hospital that had the capability to do my surgery. But my body responded so well to them that I didn’t end up even needing the surgery!
Afterward, it made me wonder what would have happened if there had been a blood shortage. That thought is just mind-boggling, as I probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for those transfusions.
I know I have to pay this forward
I gave blood before this happened, but now I donate regularly to pay it forward. Plus, seeing the impact firsthand has motivated me to ask friends to come with me to give blood. I want every donor to know how selfless they are. I also want to thank everyone who gives blood for choosing to take the time to help someone else, even though they don’t know who it will be.