Importance of Blood and Blood Donation

John Stephen

What is Blood

Blood is one of the most essential elements of the human body system. It plays an important role in transporting oxygen, energy, and other essential nutrients or minerals to different parts of the body. It also helps in maintaining stability in the body temperature and composition. The cycle of blood consists of its production, circulation, and removal from the body system.

Why Blood Donation

Blood donation is another way to help those who need it for medical emergencies or treatments like blood transfusion. It is a noble deed that involves donating one’s own Blood for someone else’s use without expecting anything in return. Thus, it becomes important to understand how relevant blood is for our body system as well as society at large.

Interactive session on the Importance of Blood in Human Body

A couple of weeks ago, I was called by a friend who asked if I could donate blood to save a life. Reasoning that it is “a noble deed”, she proceeded to tell me the story of her friend, whom she would like my help. Her friend was having surgery and needed blood urgently. Apparently they were unable to find compatible donors and the operation could only proceed if they found someone within two hours.

The staff at the hospital offered $100 for my donation (which is what hospitals usually do).In response to her request, I thought about how much blood my body has been able to make over the years, and how much it would cost to replace each unit. I offered her $1000, which is the same price she quoted me if I went through a transfusion. The woman at the hospital said that they were probably just not set up for that type of donation, and that she could place me on a wait list but it would be six months before they would be able to take my blood.

At the end of our conversation, we agreed that if I could get an anonymous donor, I would come back in six months to donate. I am happy with this decision because even though I might die sooner than six months, it is better for someone else who needs blood at that time. . I was diagnosed with leukemia in September of 2013. I had been feeling very sick, so I went to the hospital. After a few tests, they found out that my white blood cell count was very low and that I had leukemia. They gave me two options: chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant.

The chemotherapy will cure it for a little bit but then it will come back again and again. It is also really hard on your body and is not good for your organs or anything else. The bone marrow transplant may cure me but doesn’t guarantee anything because you have to go through radiation first and then you are at risk of getting leukemia again. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. I want to do something with my life, but it is hard. Some people have gone through the transplant and are alive now, so this doesn’t mean that the decision you make is a bad one either .

Q: Did you think about how it would feel to die if you were to be diagnosed with leukemia again?

A: I thought about my life and how I would feel if I was doing worse than this. It is a hard decision, but it is worth the risk.

Q: What do you hope people will say about your decision?

A: Hopefully that I am brave for making this choice and doing what is best for my family. .D: Whose decision was it?

A: My decision.

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