Blood Recipient Stories
Ironman Triathlete/Marathon Runner makes full recovery.
In December 2009 I was in a near fatal accident which required a number of surgeries including partial removal of my liver and removal of my gall bladder. I lost a great deal of blood (B-positive )and was given 100 units of blood during the first two surgeries.
Since the accident I have made a full recovery and have returned to running marathons and triathlons. I plan on competing in both the Boston Marathon and Ironman Lake Placid in 2012
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You just never know!
You just never know when you could be a recipient of a blood donation. Many times during college when I was on the donator's side, I wondered about the people who would be receiving my donation. Well, this past June, I was able to be enlightened about being a blood donation recipient. I have autoimmune hemolytic anemia which basically means that my immune systems creates antibodies against my red blood cells and destroys them prematurely. This condition can flare up at any given time and the only symptoms I might have are feeling light headed and out of breath. This past June, I had such a bad flare of hemolytic anemia that I required a blood transfusion while being hospitalized. Fortunatley, I did not have any reactions to receiving the transfusion. I am grateful to those who donate blood. They are true lifesavers! Thank you.
I almost didn't get to be a mom.
After a surgical birth to my healthy son I experienced a horrific trial of medical problems. I was in my hospital bed with this beautiful baby boy without the ability to provide care to him because I was so weak. After doctors determined the cause of my problem I was given units of blood in the meantime until a solution was reached.
It was after receiving the donor blood that I felt my strongest and was able to briefly enjoy my new baby, who needed me to be there for him. I thought about how selfless and incredible the people are who provided me with time to bond with my newborn baby as I continued treatment and finally began my journey of recovery. As I grew stronger, I felt such appreciation for the people who allowed my moments of being a new mom to occur. Now, as I gaze at my toddler who is growing way too fast, I'm so happy to be his mother and know that absolute strangers who felt compelled to be life savers are on my thank you list. So, thank you.
Mom and Baby
The Importance of Donors
When I awoke on Saturday, August 28, 2010, I knew I was as good as dead...and I was at home with my 1-year-old baby boy ALL...BY...MYSELF! My husband was working and I was bleeding out... I barely had the strength to lift my arm to grab my cell phone & call him for help. He came home, cleaned me up, and rushed me to the ER. My blood pressure was 54/32...barely alive...and I was still bleeding. My hemoglobin was just over 6...about HALF of what it should have been. The triage nurse got me in a bed within a minute of taking my bp and they started the process of "typing" me. I knew I was O-Positive because I had always been a REGULAR DONOR, every 56 days or so...many times I would put it off for one reason or another...not realizing the NECESSITY and IMPORTANCE of regular donations. I asked them why they were "wasting time" because I knew my blood type! The nurse said that it was a requirement to "type" all patients before transfusing whole blood. I received four units of whole blood...just to get me stable enough to run the tests to find out where I was bleeding from. As it turned out, I had a bleeding ulcer AND a "Mallory-Weiss" esophageal tear at the same time...something that rarely happens from what I understand. I was in ICU for five (5) days and (after being discharged) have never been so happy to see my baby boys (ages 1 & 4 (at the time)) OR my own bed!!! It took me about 6 weeks to recover, but I was back and better than ever!
Four complete strangers...people that I will NEVER KNOW...had enough love (and blood) in their heart and soul to share with me...to spare my life...to spare my parents the hurt of having to bury their daughter, my husband from being a widower, and two little boys from losing their Mommy. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
On Sunday, November 14, 2010, it happened again. This time I "only" needed three units.
Then, on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, it happened again. This was becoming a habit...one that I wasn't interested in picking up! It took four units of blood the last time to keep me on THIS side of death's door. I was discharged on January 2, 2011, and haven't had to have any more transfusions.
I am now being closely monitored by my new doctor (he sees me ever other week) who consistently runs blood tests once or twice per month. If I can stay away from anemia, I will be able to donate blood January 2, 2012...a day that I've been waiting for for over a year! I can't wait to GIVE BACK!
I have taken a total of 11 units of blood in the last year and have had some WONDERFUL people donate "for me". From August, 2010, to January, 2012, I could have donated a total of 8-9 units of blood. Add that to the 11 that I received from the Red Cross, and that's a total of 19-20 units of whole blood that the Red Cross has had to go without. It is my goal and my mission to find 20 people who wouldn't normally have donated and convince them to donate...and perhaps turn them into "REGULAR DONORS"!
May God bless those who have given, those who will give, and those who are IN NEED, and YOU! Thank you for reading my story!
How can you ever thank someone..you dont even know!
Three years ago I had developed a severe bleeding disorder, I was transufsed 6 units of blood within ten days. (the average adult body has 10 to 12). And then with-in the past ten days once again I was transfused 4 units. As I said, how can you thank someone you don't even know. What would happen to me, if someone was to busy to take the time to donate. I am a RELATIVELY young mom who has been widowed for some time. It would devestate me if my 4 wonderful boys had to go thru another death of a parent. I can not express enough how much I appreciate the gift of life. I never really looked at blood as "gift of life" we all have it right? But when it happens to you...it's a different story. Thank-you so very much for all the donors who give and help save a life!!
How Blood Donations Have Helped Me and My Friends
Hi, my name is Dale Cottrill I have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Because of the friends that I have never met I received 19 pints of whole blood and 10 units of platelets and because of you I am alive. God has blessed me and others, because of these donations of life. I have been able to do many things this year that I might otherwise not have experienced. But even better my friends at West Virginia University Children's Hospital like Brittany, Adam, and Blake are able to do important things in their lives. Like being on homecoming court, sharing their favorite things with others, playing video games and going to Toys R Us. Sadly some of the children don't make it like Clare, Julie, Timmy and Heaven they don't get to experience their dreams, but their parents still have their memories. Bobbie, Donnie, Jacob and Kevin, and several other children and grown ups get to say good morning to their families, because you chose to donate blood. I realize how frightening it is to see needles from personal experience. But I know all the medications and blood given by those needles are saving my life, just like you do when you donate blood. Without your help and donations none of the above would be alive. If you can't donate you can help come to the blood drives, tell others, and continue to be part of our lives. blood is needed every day; every family is affected one way or another. Blood is a God given life; he shed His for us. Thank you Dale
my life was saved after I gave a life
I got an emergency Cesarian and I lost 3 pints of blood. I received blood transfusions immediately and it saved my life! I am so thankful for the people who donate blood because, if they weren't nice enough to donate the blood, I would've never got to see my beautiful daughter who is now a year old. Again thank you to all the blood donators world wide.
Red Cross plasma saved my life.
June/July 2008: I wasn't feeling well, thought that I had the stomach flu. Near the end of the third day, I started seeing blood. My husband and daughter contacted my physician who said that I should go to the emergency room. After some tests, the doctors found that I had ecoli. Shortly after, I digressed to hemolytic uremic syndrome. A few weeks later, after 60 units of Red Cross plasma pheurisis, I left the hospital. Thanks to a quick diagnosis, great doctors, and Red Cross plasma, I survived.
Helping a 5 year old girl with cancer
My 5 year old niece was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in October 2010. Her first blood transfusion was horrifying! Myself, being an O neg blood type, wanted to immediately give her my blood; however, I was told it would take too long. My niece has had at least one dozen blood transfussions in the 8 months of her treatment. I am planning on donating blood tomorrow at a fundraiser. I just want to thank everyone that has donated blood! There are so many families that benefit!
Sincere thanks from a blood donor recipient
I returned last month from a week-long stay at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, where I was the recipient of 2 blood transfusions. I had lost a significant amount of blood and was later diagnosed with a very rare intestinal tract condition - meckel's diverticulum. It was one of the most frightening weeks of my life, and a reality check on what is truly important. My family. My kids. My friends. I was just at the hospital 10 weeks prior giving birth to our second child, so it all just seemed wrong that I would be there. Did they get this right? They did. But, thankfully, I was in good hands, and surgery was able to deal with this condition and stop the bleeding.
I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all those who donate blood. It gave me strength and life, and I am truly humbled.
I am now fully recuperated at home with my family. And, there is no place I would rather be.