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Donate blood!!

Everyone should donate blood, if they are able, obviously ther are a few people who are not able to donate, so the rest of us should step up for them.! About 5 years ago, I needed an operation which then required me to receive four units of blood. Only 3 were available in the entire hospital, which meant I took a lot longer to recover. This is the easiest thing to donate, and costs you nothing, just an hour of your time, every three months. Can you think of a reason why you should not donate??

Last reply: 26th Mar 2014 / 67 replies / Post by deb

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Ambercol

Posted by: Ambercol
Posted: 17th Feb 2012

Ambercol says: Hi Deb I have been donating since 1998, it is so rewarding to see so many people are turning up at the center, I go to every 3 months to help others by donating their blood. I think the message has gotten out there.

Hopefully in the near future Australians will be more giving of donating their organs by becoming an organ donor.

Glad that you had a good recovery. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

Ambercol says: Hi Deb I have been donating since 1998, it is so rewarding to see so many people are turning up at the center, I go to every 3 months to help others by donating their blood. I think the message...

deb says: Hi there, I have only begun donating after experiencing the desperate need for a blood transfusion. But I can list at least a dozen of my friends who are not willing to even give blood once. It hadn't crossed my mind but as soon as I realised I could give, I did. Reply

Ambercol

Posted by: Ambercol
Posted: 20th Feb 2012

deb says: Hi there, I have only begun donating after experiencing the desperate need for a blood transfusion. But I can list at least a dozen of my friends who are not willing to even give blood once. It...

Ambercol says: My daughter who is now 25, at the age of 14 she needed an operation at Westmead Hospital. While she was having the operation, I went for a walk and passed the Red Cross Blood Bank Parramatta, thats the first day I donated blood and have been donating ever since. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 3rd Mar 2012

Ambercol says: My daughter who is now 25, at the age of 14 she needed an operation at Westmead Hospital. While she was having the operation, I went for a walk and passed the Red Cross Blood Bank Parramatta, thats...

deb says: Thanks forletting me know what got you started. Reply

botty

Posted by: botty
Posted: 7th Oct 2012

Ambercol says: Hi Deb I have been donating since 1998, it is so rewarding to see so many people are turning up at the center, I go to every 3 months to help others by donating their blood. I think the message...

botty says: Spot on Deb The staistics 1in3 need and 1 in 30 give , is a damming indictment of the average Australians apthy re this worthy community RESPONSIBILTY.j Reply

PGS

Posted by: PGS
Posted: 17th Feb 2012

PGS says: I use to. When I hit the 25th time, I was told not to come back.
My wife is Asian & apparently (according to RCBB) they pick up HIV at the airport each time they go home. Made no difference that she is and always was clean, was cleared for all tests to be allowed to migrate...

Bit of a shame really, I have one of the rarer ones they need. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

PGS says: I use to. When I hit the 25th time, I was told not to come back.
My wife is Asian & apparently (according to RCBB) they pick up HIV at the airport each time they go home. Made no difference...

deb says: Hi PGS, It truly is a shame when a seemingly healthy person is not allowed to donate. I'm not sure about your situation, but they are always introducing new tests to allow more people to donate. I am O- blood type which is used for evryone, but for me, when I needed it, there was not enough in the hospital.I do hope something changes, which would allow you to be a donor again. Reply

Ambercol

Posted by: Ambercol
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

PGS says: I use to. When I hit the 25th time, I was told not to come back.
My wife is Asian & apparently (according to RCBB) they pick up HIV at the airport each time they go home. Made no difference...

Ambercol says: That is a shame PGS, you certainly done your part by donating 25 times and I am sure it was appreciate. Well done! Reply

Sarahg

Posted by: Sarahg
Posted: 17th Feb 2012

Sarahg says: I am not allowed to donate blood in Australia because I lived in the UK in the 1990's (so they say I might have BSE) Haven't they got tests for that yet? More people would donate if they were allowed to. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

Sarahg says: I am not allowed to donate blood in Australia because I lived in the UK in the 1990's (so they say I might have BSE) Haven't they got tests for that yet? More people would donate if they were...

deb says: I gave blood again this week, and at the coffee table they had a newsletter which outlined new measures for deciding if someone could give blood or not. Not sure how many changes they've made, but they are trying to accommodate all who offer, if they can. Reply

Ambercol

Posted by: Ambercol
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

Sarahg says: I am not allowed to donate blood in Australia because I lived in the UK in the 1990's (so they say I might have BSE) Haven't they got tests for that yet? More people would donate if they were...

Ambercol says: Saragh I went to the Red Cross Blood Donors site and this is what they have to say about living in the uk back 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996. The rules have not changed. Sorry.

http://www.donateblood.com.au/files/pdfs/Residency%20in%20UK%201980-1996%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

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annacathryn

Posted by: annacathryn
Posted: 20th Feb 2012

Ambercol says: Saragh I went to the Red Cross Blood Donors site and this is what they have to say about living in the uk back 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996. The rules have not changed. ...

annacathryn says: It's a real shame that they won't let us Brits donate. I used to give blood all the time in England and would love to feel that I could make a difference here too.
If somebody needed blood and the choice was using mine (with a very minimal risk of contracting Mad Cow) or going without, surely it's a no brainer? Or maybe they could have a Pommy blood bank so my English blood goes to other Brits now living in Oz! Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 3rd Mar 2012

annacathryn says: It's a real shame that they won't let us Brits donate. I used to give blood all the time in England and would love to feel that I could make a difference here too.
If somebody needed blood and...

deb says: That's a great idea, maybe theyb need an idea put in their heads Reply

TimsGirl

Posted by: TimsGirl
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

TimsGirl says: Sadly, a lot more people aren't allowed to donate than most people realise. That's why it's so important for those who can, that they do so.

I used to give blood when I was a teenager but was ruled out a few years later - in the past decade I've had five operations and a tattoo, and every time I've served out the waiting period after each, I've been on antibiotics or been rejected for other medication I take.

More recently I've found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome are no longer allowed to give blood, that now rules me out until they change the rules.

I'd love to give blood, it's simple, very little pain, costs nothing and so important. But unfortunately I can't. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

TimsGirl says: Sadly, a lot more people aren't allowed to donate than most people realise. That's why it's so important for those who can, that they do so.

I used to give blood when I was a teenager but...

deb says: I'm sorry you are too unwell to give blood, I just wish everyone would try it just once, it could be a chance for a lot of new donators. Reply

EileenW1

Posted by: EileenW1
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

EileenW1 says: I too have received blood transfusions during and after surgery so I decided I would also donate blood. However after having my thumb pricked to see if I was suitable the nurse laughed at me and said, "If you can hang around for a while we might be able to give you a couple of pints"! Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

EileenW1 says: I too have received blood transfusions during and after surgery so I decided I would also donate blood. However after having my thumb pricked to see if I was suitable the nurse laughed at me and...

deb says: Hi Eileen, I'm so glad you gave it a try, where you still unwell? How does a person go to a blood donation centre and be told "we might be able to give you a couple of pints".?? I have been through four major operations, two minor operations, radiation therapy and numerous rounds of medication, but I had to wait two years for the all clear. Now I'm what they call a VIP, rare blood type that always pumps out quickly and, so far has always been a useable supply. Reply

EileenW1

Posted by: EileenW1
Posted: 19th Feb 2012

deb says: Hi Eileen, I'm so glad you gave it a try, where you still unwell? How does a person go to a blood donation centre and be told "we might be able to give you a couple of pints".?? I have been through...

EileenW1 says: I am very anaemic it seems which I think was the major problembut I also have numerous allergies and Bronchiactesis ( a lung disorder caused by having parents who smoked throughout my childhood). So I guess the healthy blood count wasn't very promising but I am so grateful that others can donate Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 19th Feb 2012

EileenW1 says: I am very anaemic it seems which I think was the major problembut I also have numerous allergies and Bronchiactesis ( a lung disorder caused by having parents who smoked throughout my childhood)....

deb says: Wow, I'm sad to hear of your complications. Guess I'm quite lucky to be well after all I've been through. Reply

Ambercol

Posted by: Ambercol
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

EileenW1 says: I too have received blood transfusions during and after surgery so I decided I would also donate blood. However after having my thumb pricked to see if I was suitable the nurse laughed at me and...

Ambercol says: I hope your health has improved Eileen. You did at least try, that is more than a good number of people have done. Well done for your attempt. :) Reply

terreur

Posted by: terreur
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

terreur says: I've just done my second donation. It's been nearly a year between donations because I've gotten a couple tattoos done and then I was sick but I plan to donate as often as possible now. Why not donate blood? Donating won't kill someone but it can save lives! I just wish more young people donated. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

terreur says: I've just done my second donation. It's been nearly a year between donations because I've gotten a couple tattoos done and then I was sick but I plan to donate as often as possible now. Why not...

deb says: HI there, can I ask, what was the trigger that made you decide to donate blood. I'm so glad you've decided to be a regular. Reply

terreur

Posted by: terreur
Posted: 19th Feb 2012

deb says: HI there, can I ask, what was the trigger that made you decide to donate blood. I'm so glad you've decided to be a regular.

terreur says: My mum was a donor when she was alive. I went with her a couple of times. It was a bit freaky for me since I was about nine but once I got to sixteen, I decided it was time to do my bit. My mum was severely overweight as a side effect of medication before she had kids but she went to all the effort of making herself as healthy as possible so she could donate. I'm 18 and fit and well so it's the least I can offer! Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 19th Feb 2012

terreur says: My mum was a donor when she was alive. I went with her a couple of times. It was a bit freaky for me since I was about nine but once I got to sixteen, I decided it was time to do my bit. My mum was...

deb says: Thanks for that, I find it interesting to know how or why people become donors. Reply

Bluey

Posted by: Bluey
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

Bluey says: Before migrating to Australia I donated blood every 6 months, but since I spent 6 months in the UK after Bovine Encephalitis (Mad Cow Disease) I am excluded from donating Blood. Surely after 30 years they must have a test that will enable people like me to donate owing to the desperate current shortage. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

Bluey says: Before migrating to Australia I donated blood every 6 months, but since I spent 6 months in the UK after Bovine Encephalitis (Mad Cow Disease) I am excluded from donating Blood. Surely after 30...

deb says: Hi Bluey, I'm not sure what all the rules are, but a phone call might give you the answers you need. Good to see you were a regular donor in the past. Reply

stormy

Posted by: stormy
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

stormy says: I was a blood donor back in New Zealand and have now joined up to give blood every three months here in Australia. Am now living in WA and it is very good to see more and more people are meeting at the blood bank more needed, I spent over nine years in the RNZN and travelling around we use to be called upon in many Countries to give blood some times it was more than every three months, but always for a good cause, if it even can save one life its a great feeling. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

stormy says: I was a blood donor back in New Zealand and have now joined up to give blood every three months here in Australia. Am now living in WA and it is very good to see more and more people are meeting...

deb says: Hi Stormy, Glad to hear that you are a regular donor. Seems like you've done a lot to help those in need. Reply

Ambercol

Posted by: Ambercol
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

Ambercol says: Good discussion Deb. For every time you and I donate blood we help 6 people between us. Not a bad effort. :) Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

Ambercol says: Good discussion Deb. For every time you and I donate blood we help 6 people between us. Not a bad effort. :)

deb says: Hi Ambercol, I do agree with you. It gives me such a good feeling knowing that I can help save a life. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

deb says: Now that we've got this discussion started, I'd like to know if any of you have been able to talk a freind of relative into coming to donate with you. I've tried, but can't get anyone I ask to come with me. I get all kinds of excuses, from too busy, to someone else will give so I don't need to.
If you've managed to recruit a new blood donor, I'd love to know how you did it. Reply

TimsGirl

Posted by: TimsGirl
Posted: 19th Feb 2012

deb says: Now that we've got this discussion started, I'd like to know if any of you have been able to talk a freind of relative into coming to donate with you. I've tried, but can't get anyone I ask to come...

TimsGirl says: I've tried all my family, and they would love to, but my little brother and sister also both have chronic fatigue (I'm still not sure what led them to just recently rule out sufferers - they didn't rule me out when I was a teenager for having CFS). My other brother has health problems, as does my mum, and my dad is the "someone else will" type. Most of my friends are people I've met through health support groups so don't give blood again for their health.

And my healthy friends? Most of them don't care. Quite simply, their attitude is they don't think it will happen to them or someone they care about, so it's irrelevant. Young adults (18-40) generally take that attitude - if they are currently healthy, and no one very close to them has health problems, they think they are indestructible, and they see those who have health problems as lesser human beings. It's a digusting attitude.

That's what needs to change. It's like any health problem, or other problems like domestic violence, abuse etc - most people don't care unless it's happening to them or someone they care about deeply. It's people's selfishness that needs to be addressed.

If they lift the ban on people with CFS donating blood, I'll be back giving blood as soon as I would be allowed to (need more surgery and not allowed to for 12 months after). Reply

TimsGirl

Posted by: TimsGirl
Posted: 19th Feb 2012

deb says: Now that we've got this discussion started, I'd like to know if any of you have been able to talk a freind of relative into coming to donate with you. I've tried, but can't get anyone I ask to come...

TimsGirl says: I've tried all my family, and they would love to, but my little brother and sister also both have chronic fatigue (I'm still not sure what led them to just recently rule out sufferers - they didn't rule me out when I was a teenager for having CFS). My other brother has health problems, as does my mum, and my dad is the "someone else will" type. Most of my friends are people I've met through health support groups so don't give blood again for their health.

And my healthy friends? Most of them don't care. Quite simply, their attitude is they don't think it will happen to them or someone they care about, so it's irrelevant. Young adults (18-40) generally take that attitude - if they are currently healthy, and no one very close to them has health problems, they think they are indestructible, and they see those who have health problems as lesser human beings. It's a digusting attitude.

That's what needs to change. It's like any health problem, or other problems like domestic violence, abuse etc - most people don't care unless it's happening to them or someone they care about deeply. It's people's selfishness that needs to be addressed.

If they lift the ban on people with CFS donating blood, I'll be back giving blood as soon as I would be allowed to (need more surgery and not allowed to for 12 months after). Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 19th Feb 2012

TimsGirl says: I've tried all my family, and they would love to, but my little brother and sister also both have chronic fatigue (I'm still not sure what led them to just recently rule out sufferers - they didn't...

deb says: Hi, it's nice to hear that I'm not alone in looking for friends and family to become donors. Sounds like all groups of family and friends have the same generic makeup. Those who donate, those who won't consider it, those who say "someone else can do it" and those who can't, or in fact, are the recipients of the donation. Thanks. Reply

nuclear

Posted by: nuclear
Posted: 29th Feb 2012

nuclear says: I agree, we should all donate blood [ with exceptions for health ] My friends and I go every 3 months and the centre is usually full. You never know when you might need blood yourself and it doesn't take up a lot of time. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 3rd Mar 2012

nuclear says: I agree, we should all donate blood [ with exceptions for health ] My friends and I go every 3 months and the centre is usually full. You never know when you might need blood yourself and it...

deb says: Good on you guys. I don't know what else to try to get others to come with me. The last time I went, there was only two of us in the clinic at the same time. Reply

Higlander girl

Posted by: Higlander girl
Posted: 1st Mar 2012

Higlander girl says: I used to give blood untill I become sick and are now unable to, wonderful cause. Now when I have money as I also can't work full time I give to the Guide Dogs (In memory of my great aunt), Cancer society and SPCA. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 24th May 2012

Higlander girl says: I used to give blood untill I become sick and are now unable to, wonderful cause. Now when I have money as I also can't work full time I give to the Guide Dogs (In memory of my great aunt), Cancer...

deb says: Guide dogs and Cancer charities are also high on my list. I had a blind aunty, and my dad is vision impaired so i do support Guide dogs. I have lost 2 aunties and 1 uncle all from my mum's family to cancer. I have also supported the Rspca with small donations, but we got our most recent family member from there also. They are all great causes. Reply

Myer1979

Posted by: Myer1979
Posted: 8th Apr 2012

Myer1979 says: I would love to donate blood, but unfortunately i am not allowed to. My father had leukemia and needed blood and bone marrow. I was very upset when i was told i could not give blood because i have a disease that would harm him. I think everyone should give blood because you never know when you will need it yourself! Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 24th May 2012

Myer1979 says: I would love to donate blood, but unfortunately i am not allowed to. My father had leukemia and needed blood and bone marrow. I was very upset when i was told i could not give blood because i have...

deb says: I agree, those who can, should do it. It is a great cause, and a true life saver that costs nothing to give. Reply

lizzie

Posted by: lizzie
Posted: 11th Apr 2012

lizzie says: i used to donate but lived in england for 2 winters while working 20 years ago now they think i might have mad cow disease! But donating blood is truly one of the most important things anyone can do in life! So everyone come on and give Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 24th May 2012

lizzie says: i used to donate but lived in england for 2 winters while working 20 years ago now they think i might have mad cow disease! But donating blood is truly one of the most important things anyone can...

deb says: Hi Lizzie, are you ruled out forever? I would have thought they could come up with a test that would clear you after all this time. I hope you get the chance to donate again some day. Reply

annie

Posted by: annie
Posted: 15th Apr 2012

annie says: I have a 18 year old daughter that started donating blood recently at school where she would go to the bloodbank instead of doing sport.I think this is a good way to get people started with donating blood.As a mum I was embarrased that my daughter was donating blood so I applied.Unfortunately due to a Medical condition and am having injections I was denied giving blood.AT least I tried and very proud of my young daughter Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 24th May 2012

annie says: I have a 18 year old daughter that started donating blood recently at school where she would go to the bloodbank instead of doing sport.I think this is a good way to get people started with...

deb says: That's a fantastic idea. Is it organised by the school, or is she doing it herself.??
I do feel for those of you who want to give, but aren't allowed. At least you checked it out. There are a lot of people out there who just think it doesn't matter, and it's ok if they don't donate because plenty of others will. Reply

Lizzy

Posted by: Lizzy
Posted: 16th Apr 2012

Lizzy says: I use to donate blood but am now a diabete type 2, can I still donate blood??? Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 24th May 2012

Lizzy says: I use to donate blood but am now a diabete type 2, can I still donate blood???

deb says: Hi Lizzy, Every person's situation is unique, but generally the answer is yes. You can donate blood, but ring and talk to the blood bank, they will ask the right questions to confirm that you can donate. Good luck, I hope you get the chance to do it. Reply

simla

Posted by: simla
Posted: 24th Sep 2012

Lizzy says: I use to donate blood but am now a diabete type 2, can I still donate blood???

simla says: hi lizzy. i too have mild type 2 diabetes. the corpusles are an irregular shape as well. they told me that if the blood is not of a high quality, like mine was, they can just use the plasma. so you can still help. Reply

Vicky

Posted by: Vicky
Posted: 20th Apr 2012

Vicky says: Hi Deb, I fully support the donation of blood, so many people need it for all kinds of reasons. Unfortuately Im one of the ones that arent able to, though my hubby does and when the kids are old enough i will encourage them to do so too. Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 24th May 2012

Vicky says: Hi Deb, I fully support the donation of blood, so many people need it for all kinds of reasons. Unfortuately Im one of the ones that arent able to, though my hubby does and when the kids are old...

deb says: Hi Vicky, I love the idea of it being a family of donors!! I can't even get my husband to donate, I think he is a chicken! It's a pity you aren't allowed. Reply

Vicky

Posted by: Vicky
Posted: 25th May 2012

deb says: Hi Vicky, I love the idea of it being a family of donors!! I can't even get my husband to donate, I think he is a chicken! It's a pity you aren't allowed.

Vicky says: hi deb, its because i get anemic and my levels are always too low to be allowed to donate. Rare blood type too, so they would love to get it. :-( I do try every now and then just in case the levels are high enoug. Yeh, I think its great to teach the kids about helping others and you never know when you may need it yourself.
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Blossom

Posted by: Blossom
Posted: 18th May 2012

Blossom says: I can't donate blood because of the medication I am on for a serious medical condition which I can not cease taking unfortunately Reply

deb

Posted by: deb
Posted: 24th May 2012

Blossom says: I can't donate blood because of the medication I am on for a serious medical condition which I can not cease taking unfortunately

deb says: Blossom, I hope you are okay, it's a pity you can't donate blood but you do need to look after yourself first of all.
It seems that lots of people who would love to be able to give blood, are not eligible. But I've not heard from anyone through this forum who chooses not to donate. Does this mean that everyone one else who is a member of cafe study does donate blood.?? What do you think? Reply

Blossom

Posted by: Blossom
Posted: 24th May 2012

deb says: Blossom, I hope you are okay, it's a pity you can't donate blood but you do need to look after yourself first of all.
It seems that lots of people who would love to be able to give blood, are...

Blossom says: Provided I take my medication (which I do twice a day as perscribed) and don't catch a cold, virus or stomach bug I am OK. Otherwise I am lucky if I don't lose consciousness for s couple of minutes at some point. I have had a couple of minor injuries including a fractured nose. Were it not for the specific medication (some of it an approval script) I would be able to donate..... Some people are put off by not being able just walk in but having to make an appt., especially at some odd times that you won't normally eat beforehand. Some are put off by the sight of blood or the needle. Reply

Blossom

Posted by: Blossom
Posted: 15th Mar 2014

deb says: Blossom, I hope you are okay, it's a pity you can't donate blood but you do need to look after yourself first of all.
It seems that lots of people who would love to be able to give blood, are...

Blossom says: Hi Deb,
I just thought I would let you know that I am still doing OK.
Many years ago my Dad gave blood on a couple of occasions. He had such a bad reaction that they had to transfuse it back into him.
My Mum used to have have blood taken because her liver made too much iron. It was an hereditary condition. It is more common in men and my Uncle had it too. Mum thought it could be donated even though it was not contaminated in any way.The specialist told her that it was unfortunate that it couldn't be donated. Obviously they couldn't filter the iron out. I subsequently asked why. Apparently we have more than one type of iron. I can't remember the details now. (It was about 20 years ago). My brother is a bleeder to the extent that if he scratches or cuts himself it can bleed quite badly. On one occasion prior to dental surgery the family Dr. gave him a course of Vit. K injections which made very little difference. He once had very minor day surgery on his knee. Knowing his history he had to lie on the table for an additional hour. When he was allowed to stand up to get dressed to come home it started bleeding. Back on the table he went for another hour or so. Many years later when he had major surgery he had to donate blood over a period of about a month which they transfused into him during and after surgery. Reply

em

Posted by: em
Posted: 3rd Sep 2012

em says: I have donated blood a few times, and as much as i hate needles, doctors and all those kinds of things its such a great feeling when its done that your helping someone. The only reason i can think of to not donate blood is if you now your not well. People who are sick or easily get sick i dont think should donate as id hate to think what could be passed on to the poor person waiting for a blood donation. would be horrible to end up ever sicker than originally because of the blood those people donated
other than that everyone should do it, if your healthy and fit especially! what do you have to loose? Reply

Theresa

Posted by: Theresa
Posted: 7th Sep 2012

Theresa says: After my cancer, being able to donate blood again made me feel like i had finally returned to 'normal'. I highly recommend it to everyone who is able. I was surprised that now even diabetics can donate! Reply

makitopi69

Posted by: makitopi69
Posted: 23rd Sep 2012

makitopi69 says: It truly is a shame when a seemingly healthy person is not allowed to donate. I'm not sure about your situation, but they are always introducing new tests to allow more people to donate Reply

ninna

Posted by: ninna
Posted: 24th Sep 2012

ninna says: I would love to be able to donate blood but I was told I could not ever do so due to health problems from an accident I had years ago. Giving blood is so easy to do and gives life to those who would otherwise die, more pressure needs to be put on the public to participate

There has to be a better way to get those who can donate blood but do not.
I think that if businesses could create some sort of event for their staff if they donate bloode just like the fund raising done where everyone shaves or colors their hair in outrageous colours. If employers did this then their staff are more likely to give blood due to peer group pressure, hey if it works why not use it & it is for a good cause. Reply

ozziedigger

Posted by: ozziedigger
Posted: 4th Oct 2012

ozziedigger says: Whole-heartedly agree deb.I`m suspicious of some charities,but blood is much sought after to save lives every day,or in some cases to make lives a little easier.
If your veins are easy to find,the procedure is virtually pain free and you are treated very kindly by the nurses and you leave feeling very proud of yourself.or you should.
Unfortunately they don`t want my blood as it is too hard to find,it`s common etc.,but i still enjoyed my cuppa tea. Reply

shoregurl

Posted by: shoregurl
Posted: 5th Oct 2012

shoregurl says: I'm a donor but have been abiot slack with donating though. I feel stink having to take my kids with me while I donate my blood so I haven't do it for a while Reply

Radaa

Posted by: Radaa
Posted: 10th Oct 2012

Radaa says: i think it is a great idea , i graduated school last year and in that last year they started a blood donation rally it was great and quite successful. Reply

jenni<3

Posted by: jenni<3
Posted: 13th Aug 2013

jenni<3 says: Hi I too needed a blood after I gave birth to my second child who is now 11 I have regularly donated blood ever since Reply

jenni<3

Posted by: jenni<3
Posted: 13th Aug 2013

jenni<3 says: Hi I too needed a blood after I gave birth to my second child who is now 11 I have regularly donated blood ever since Reply

fishstar

Posted by: fishstar
Posted: 25th Aug 2013

fishstar says: Everyone should donate blood for a mandatory 2 litres in there life time . After the age of 18 and a full health check to see if the blood is usable that way the donor knows if they are healthy and any problems they need to know about for free ! Reply

Kate.Sween

Posted by: Kate.Sween
Posted: 4th Mar 2014

Kate.Sween says: I have donated blood quite a few times and find it very rewarding. At the end i have a sense of accomplishment and pride in knowing that i have done something that will make a positive difference in someone else's life. I highly recommend donating! Reply

Larisa

Posted by: Larisa
Posted: 10th Mar 2014

Larisa says: I agree, not just for the obvious reason eg helping another person, but for your own sake. Recently, I went to donate, but was unable to as the nurse identified that my blood pressure was too high. On her recommendation I went to my doctor who ordered a full blood test and I have found out the I have hypothyroidism. Luck for me I am able to treat it with a simple medication. Had I left it untreated it could lead to a heart attack. So do yourself a favour folks, donate for everyones sake. ;) Reply

darlin

Posted by: darlin
Posted: 26th Mar 2014

darlin says: I wouldn't donate if i knew i was sick or had cancer. I want to donate blood to help save a life you never know what could happen to you. Reply

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