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...
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