Donating your organs

@jillhill (37384)
United States
October 30, 2007 7:43pm CST
This is one thing I am not sure of. If something happened to me would I donate my organs to help someone else survive? Just lately it has been brought up to me and I really don't know how I feel about it. I guess I worry that if you sign to give away parts of yourself, would they hurry you along in your journey to ever after? On the other hand maybe someone else could benefit from my being brave enought to say I would share parts of my body with someone. How do you feel and have you signed up to be an organ donor?
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• United States
31 Oct 07
I would have no problem donating my organs, it is a wonderful gift of life, to be able to help someone else. I know alot of religions do not believe in organ donation and I respect that, but I dont understand it.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Good for you. I think I might have that marked on my drivers license. If someone else could see because of me....or have a kidney and not have to do dialyasis...I think you are right. it's a wonderful gift of life!
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@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Which religions don't believe in giving their organs up when they die? I know that some religions believe that, but I never knew which ones. Is it those of the Jewish and Muslim faith? I'm a Christian and I know it isn't against our religion. I wonder where I could find out...
• United States
31 Oct 07
Well I wont swear by this answer but I believe, Hindu, Muslin, Jehovah Witnesses, and some Native American religions dont believe in organ donation.
@JaLuvYa (175)
• United States
31 Oct 07
It's funny. I don't know how I feel about organ donations and I will probably need a kidney myself. I have already been evaluated for kidney transplant. I have Chronic Kidney disease as a result of Lupus's attack on my kidney's in 2006. But they warn me that because I am so young- I need a live donor to prevent me from having to have multiple transplants or ending up on dialysis later on anyways. But I can't get over the thought of having some else's organ in my body. Especially a live person. I mean what if later on down the road the one kidney they have left starts to fail and I've got their good one? Could I live with that? Do I give it back? I'm not looking forward to a life on dialysis- but this whole thing freaks me out.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
31 Oct 07
I hope you find resolution to the problem. Just a couple of years ago I didn't know anything about Lupus. Now I know three people that have it! I wish you the best of luck in getting what you need to recover!
@JaLuvYa (175)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Thank you :)
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
5 Jan 08
hi jill! i think i will do it. like leave a will or something so that someone else can use my body parts when i die...well at least if at a ripe old age, my organs are still usable. :-) i think that would be a good thing--to leave a legacy--at least to the person who has made use of your organ. take care and God bless!
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
5 Jan 08
Thanks for sharing and God bless you too!
• United States
5 Nov 07
I don't trust any hospital staff to try to save me if I had signed a form for organ donation. I would rather tell my family if I will not come out of coma, let me go and Then donate my organs.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I am with you on this....I think I don't want anyone hurrying me along just to harvest something I might still need!
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@yojspew (171)
• Philippines
31 Oct 07
I really don't mind sharing my organs. But just like you I'm also scared to sign up to be an organ donor because maybe they will also hurry me up..^^ I think I'll just have to tell my most trusted family member like my mom or sister about my plans to donate my organs.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I think telling someone that is close to you about it is a good plan....I am kinda leary too about them rushing the process.
@cdv102 (132)
• United States
31 Oct 07
I feel that as long as they make sure there is no possible way for me to recover, why shouldn't my organs go to someone who really needs them to live? Clearly, I wouldn't be using them anymore. It is a morbid thought, of course. But imagine if someone you loved was in some tragic accident (God forbid) and they could make a complete recovery if only they had a new kidney or liver or what have you. Wouldn't you pray that one would turn up? Plus, I think it would be some small comfort to the family of the person donating the organs to know that even though they lost their loved one, some part of them is living on, and helping to save another life.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Good for you! It would be a wonderful gift to give someone...the gift of life!
@navtech (1776)
• India
31 Oct 07
Dear Jillhill, I know one of my friends whole family who are living now have donated the whole body to Government hospitals. They got it registered. In my case I do not even donate my nail. I had to have a operation on my chest. I told the Doctor I agree to die but I would not like your cutting my chest for making operation. My body is my soul living place with nine holes. It is not a house constructed with bricks and cement. Therefore I would not allow. I have a fear also that in case I donate my part and die without that part, when I take next birth I may not have that part in my body. My wife had a uterous problem. Doctor advised her to remove her uterous. I told my wife, through local medicines or English medicines I would cure you but I would not allow you to have your uterous removed. I used the local medicines she got completely cured. This was confirmed when the test was done next time. SORRY I WILL NOT DONATE MY ORGAN TO ANYBODY.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Once again you bring up a very good point...rebirth! I do believe in rebirth and never thought about what if I were missing something I might need. Thanks so much for sharing your opinion!
@AmbiePam (49082)
• United States
31 Oct 07
I am an organ donor, and it says so on my driver's license. I would love to be able to give someone a chance to have longer with their family and friends. I would love to know a teenager went on to be a doctor because my kidney saved her life. Of course there are organs of mine that wouldn't be usable, like my corneas. They aren't good to me now, so they wouldn't of help to anyone else later! LOL One thing I will not donate and my parent's know this, is my uterus. They did a uterus transplant not to long ago and it gave hope to many women. But I'm not comfortable with that. The uterus is only good for two years before it has to be removed, but I think that crosses a line of ethics I'm not willing to think about. But the rest of me is up for grabs. After all, I won't need it! : )
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
31 Oct 07
You should be very proud of yourself! Thanks for sharing!
@talisman (1308)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Both my husband and I are signed up as organ donors. After we die, we certainly won't need them, so what's the point of keeping them when someone else may need them? There is no point. I'd also give up a kidney to close friend or relative if they ever needed one. The only reason I probably wouldn't donate a kidney to a stranger is because if I matched a friend or relative and they later needed one, I'd be devestated that I couldn't help. My husband and I also donate blood and are a part of the bone marrow registry. We haven't been called on for that, but when and if we are, we're willing to donate. I'm also going to donate blood specifically for my Mom next time she needs surgery (which hopefully won't happen).
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
31 Oct 07
You have a wonderful heart! Both you and your husband do! Thanks for sharing!
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