January is National Blood Donor Month.

January is National Blood Donor Month.
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January is “National Blood Donor Month”, since in the winter months, it is more difficult to get blood donations.

This is near to my heart because my father had “I.T.P.”, which is a autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your platelets. So, since my Dad was lacking platelets, he was having a bloody nose, gums, and at risk for bleeding to death. He was very sick, in the hospital, for one month. I was stuck with sadness, but he got better, and his I.T.P. comes and goes, and he has not been this sick since, in 12 years! So this is one motive for me to donate!

Blood donations are needed. Facts about blood donation.

  • One donation can save 3 lives!
  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed everyday
  • 1 Million people every year are diagnosed with cancer.

There are also benefits for the donor as well:

  • You get a free blood tests! They check your Iron, and they check to see if you have HIV.
  • Donating blood decreases your risk for heart disease and cancer
  • It burns calories
  • You are making a difference, and saving lives!

Donating blood only takes 10-15 minutes. I recommend eating a well balanced meal before donating, and make sure you eat enough. Also drink plenty of water and make sure you feel rested.

Mine and my Dad’s blood type is O-. We both can donate to anyone but if we are to have a blood transfusion we can only receive O-. So we are universal donors. My Dad obviously cannot donate.

I have donated since I was about 18. I still do but not as much as I used to. In my 20’s donating blood didn’t effect me, but not sometimes I feel tired, and lightheaded afterwards, as I got older. I am not sure why? I am perfectly healthy,  I eat well, and drink water, and feel well rested.

I encourage blood donation if you are well and able. It is greatly needed for the ill, and the families of the ill sure appreciate it!

 
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9 thoughts on “January is National Blood Donor Month.

  1. A wonderful thing to do. The staff is always so kind and grateful. You can also track where your blood actually goes. Patient names are not giving but my husband is also universal donor and he got to see that his blood helped three premature babies. Thank you for encouraging people to give. Love 💕 Joni

  2. I need to get back to donating blood. Lifetime I’m north of 10 gallons, but I haven’t given in a few years. — YUR

  3. I’ve had cancer, so I can’t donate…and my son had I.T.P. when he was younger, they thought it was brought on by a virus, I still keep an eye on him at 21 years of age! His platelets got seriously low, but he never had nose bleeds (my mom had aplastic anemia which turned to leukemia, the second time they couldn’t do anything for her and she passed away on 2007).

    1. It makes me dizzy, lightheaded, and tired. I eat well beforehand, and drink lots of water. I’m perfectly healthy. Maybe it is because I’m older now. But I donated a lot when I was young.

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