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My Sister, My Hero

  

Joyce

Windber, PA
May 07, 2013

Years ago I attempted to donate blood but was unable to due to low iron levels. I am ashamed to say, but I was pleased with that because I do hate needles, and this gave me a good excuse to not donate. It was Christmas time a few years ago and they were having a blood drive where I work. I was feeling extremely grateful for all of the blessings in my life and decided to try again....as a way of giving back. My iron levels were great and I continued to donate. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer 19 years ago. Almost 10 years to the day, she found out there had been metastasis to the liver. We were blessed to have her an additional 9 years. Towards the end of her life, she was in need of platelets. Around the time she became a platelet recipient, I received a letter from the Red Cross stating that during a routine check, they found that I would be a good candidate to donate platelets. Since my sister lived in Texas, it was geographically impossible for me to directly donate to her, so I started to donate to replace what she was using. Since her passing, I continue to donate in her honor.