Tuesday, May 27, 2014
It is with heavy heart I am writing this. Last night my (our time) passed away. She was 58.
A week ago she was admitted with an intracranial bleed as a result of an aneurysm. They did what needed to be done, but unfortunate the outcome was different than what we wanted/wished for.
My brother made the brave decision to - in her spirit - to donate her organs. She was a very healthy person, so today because of my brother and his family there are someone in Europe who will have a new lease on life because of my sister in law.
What I would like for you to do - rather than send your sympathy to me and my family ... think about what you can do should this happen to you.
First make sure you have a living will and a power of attorney. Let your family know what YOU want - and have it in writing and consider if you want to be an organ donor.
Let me tell you an organ donation story. A young man in his 20's was diagnosed with lymphoma - received chemo which caused him to have heart failure so bad that he needed a heart transplant. The transplant was successful and since his transplant he has completed an ironman triathlon. - all because of a decision by a family to donate someone's heart.
"Love while you have love to give
Live while you have life to live" - Kumbel