Give blood

Do you give blood? I have given blood off and on over the years, but this year I set a goal for myself to give the maximum number of times I can give in a year. So far I’ve given twice. If this is something you’ve thought about, but never done, don’t worry! It’s easy, only one tiny prick, and the added bonus is that they make you feel super special when you go in. I would love for you to join me in this challenge. You can give once every 8 weeks. To find the nearest donation center to you, click here.

Thanks, Dad, for showing me that giving blood is a good thing to do. Here’s the view from today’s donation.

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14 Responses to Give Blood

  1. Michele says:

    Neat post!Awesome that you donate. I have hemochromatosis and have to donate for my health. Weird huh:) My blood is good so it’s all good.

  2. Great post! I need to donate on a regular basis and it has been slipping by me. My Dad had Leukemia and received A LOT of blood transfusions while undergoing chemo and a stem cell transplant. It is so important to have that blood available! Thanks for the reminder that I need to find a place to donate since moving! (and my Dad is currently cancer free!! Yay!!)

    • Betsy says:

      Hooray for cancer free! I think it’s so important to be mindful about our own health and take advantage of the times when we’re healthy by giving blood. We might not always be so lucky to be on the giving side, and for people like your Dad, what a blessing it is to have people who donate so that blood is available to them.

  3. I’ve tried giving blood in the past and passed out both times. Maybe I’d have an easier time if I had such cute shoes to distract me during the process :)

    • Betsy says:

      Haha, the shoes help! I’m probably a little strange, but I like to watch the number on the scale go up as the bag gets heavier – I think it’s fun to see if it goes faster when I squeeze the bike handlebar they give me. I’m lucky not to have had any problems with passing out. I’m glad you’ve given it a try, even if it didn’t work out!

  4. I donate whenever I can (depending on where I’ve traveled recently they won’t take my blood until I wait a year), I think it’s wonderful that you’re determined to donate as much as possible, it’s so important!

    Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday. I’ve pinned it.

  5. U Rock! U are inspiring! Thank you for sharing this in our Crafty Showcase!

    Susie @Bowdabra

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Susie! I know it’s not crafty, but I think it fits because I always feel more creative when I feel more well rounded in my life. :)

  6. Thanks for giving blood. When I was in college I frequently gave blood b/c there was a blood drive on campus every couple months and sometimes teachers will give you extra credit:).

    Then seven years ago during a routine surgery I developed DIC – which in most cases causes you to bleed to death. Luckily, I received 9 units of blood + 9 units of fresh frozen plasma and made it through.

    With my medical history I can’t give blood anymore but I appreciate everyone that goes out of their way to donate… it really does save lives.

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, Katie! When we give blood, we could be saving the lives of total strangers, but someday we might BE the stranger who needs to be saved. You have a special vantage point on this topic, having been involved in giving blood and receiving blood. Here’s to your health!

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