Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Life coming full cirlce! Please go out and give blood!!!!
More than 10 years ago I worked with my friend Renee. We were an odd match. She was a 30 something suburban Mom and I was a 20 something Manhattan party girl. But we clicked and often we spent the early time of the morning chatting and learning about each others lives. We even went on a trip to Chicago that until today if I think about it, it makes me laugh. She has beautiful shoulders ( she will be happy that I said that! But she does, honestly!)
One morning Renee seemed upset and after asking she told me that she had promised a close friend of hers , whose brother had cancer, to go to the hospital and donate blood, platelets actually. But Renee's daughter had a cold and she was afraid she was coming down with something too and the hospital wouldn't risk it . I said: If they don't mind the blood of a stranger, I will go! And after a few phone calls, I was sitting at MSK and getting my blood pumped out, going through a machine to get the platelets out and putting it back in. I had been a donor before and did it after words but I definitely could have done more often!
My heart ached when I later learned that although he put up a big fight, my friends' friend and my "blood brother" had passed away. I never met him!
So. .why I am telling you this? Yesterday morning I felt great .. really good.. even dropped the yoga pants and was wearing something a little less "iamsickleavemealoneijustwanttobeconfortable" outfit. But after a blood test at the clinic, my counts were dangerously low, and they ordered a Blood transfusion , then I asked: can I call someone to come and donate for me, they said that i could for future times but they were really advising me to get blood from the bank as i was in serious risk of an infection/bacteria. ( i don't want that) . So after a lot of other tests , I received 2 bags of blood, from 2 good souls, that I never met. As I watched my body becoming a Vampire I couldn't help but think of my friend's friend and what a gift donating blood is , specially if it is not donor to donor.
SO THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO ASK: Many of you have been so wonderful in calling/emailing asking what you could do for me, this is what you can do: GO AND DONATE BLOOD TO YOUR LOCAL BANK!!!!! BUT PLEASE DO IT! Pretend that I called and said: can you come over and donate some blood to me.. it will be the same thing! I know you all think is the right thing to do but we just never, or just too seldom, come around to do it. There is an overwhelming need for blood out there, imagine if they didn't have blood for me??? Well they did and these 2 nameless stranger have just been added to my list of guardian angels.
I feel good and I am eager to get the PET scan on Thursday , I will keep you all posted , BUT PLEASE GO OUT AND DONATE BLOOD because unfortunately due to this stupid cancer , I will never be able to do it again!
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