Monday, September 3, 2012

I am NOT an organ donor

Yep, you read right, I am NOT an organ donor. Nor am I a blood donor.  But before you write me off as a completely selfish loser you might want to understand why.  I WAS a donor, I registered on my licence the very first time donors were being recorded.   Sadly now my blood and guts just aren't good enough because I have cancer.   My blood and organs are no longer viable to transplant into someone else.  Donor recipients are not generally in excellent health, but they will be sicker with my festy cancerous bits in them!!!  My particular cancer, Papillary Carcinoma (Hurthle Cell Variant), means the cancer cells move through my body via my bloodstream not just my lymphatic system so they are useless to even the sickest person awaiting a transplant.  And trust me, the people awaiting a transplant aren't having a great life.  

Cancer affects thousands of people. The USA National Cancer Institute estimates 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer. There is no reason to question that these statistics are much different in Australia.  Thus the pool from which donors can come is getting smaller and smaller.   The whole point of this blog is to hopefully encourage just one person who is not currently registered to take my place on the donor lists.  Heaps of people have offered to help me while I have been sick and I have been really lucky to have needed so little assistance, but I do now. I need someone to come forward and fill my spot on the Organ Donor Register.

About 20% of people waiting for a heart, lung or liver transplant never get one. They simply die before an organ becomes available.   That's just not good enough is it.   So if you are not already registered now is the time to put your hand up,  register online or telephone Medicare,  update your licence to show you are a donor and make sure your family know your wishes.

So now you know why I'm not a donor.  What's your reason?

Here are some happy blood red themed pics to thank you for reading this far.


  1. Sorry Naomi, I can't help, I already am a donor (well not actually a donor yet....if you get me)

  2. Thanks Mark. I hope it is many years before they harvest your kidneys to save someones life.

  3. I am a donor... they are taking everything...even the skin... ewww...

  4. Just to update you all....A wonderful woman from work has approached me and told me she is now registered as an organ donor after reading this post. Objective achieved. Thanks Sharm.

  5. Now this is interesting. I'm no longer able to donate blood in case I turn out to be a "mad cow", or indeed just in case anyone thinks I am one already, but this has never cropped up when I mark myself down as an organ donor on my driver's licence. I guess then that I need to be doing more than have my wishes on my licence, so I'll enquire further. However I'm guessing that if they don't want my blood, they more than likely won't want my organs. :(