Donate Life: why you should consider being an organ donor

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Most of us don’t think about the importance of becoming an organ donor until it hits home personally—a family member or friend is in need—or the DMV asks for license purposes. But organ donation is not only noble, but it’s simply heroic!   

April is National Donation Life Month, but that’s just a month to bring attention to it. Of course you can donate any time of the year. To take away some of the fear, we’re giving you some insight to hopefully open your eye to the possibility of saving a life.




Most of us don’t think about the importance of becoming an organ donor until it hits home personally—a family member or friend is in need—or the DMV asks for license purposes. But organ donation is not only noble, but it’s simply heroic!   

April is National Donation Life Month, but that’s just a month to bring attention to it. Of course you can donate any time of the year. To take away some of the fear, we’re giving you some insight to hopefully open your eye to the possibility of saving a life.




Why You Should Become an Organ Donor

Becoming an organ donor is an important decision but you may be unclear on how the process works. Many people worry that donating organs may upset others, go against their religion, or will not allow them to have an open casket funeral.  

People who are on an organ waiting list typically have end-stage organ disease that significantly impacts their quality of life and may be near the end of their life. Receiving an organ can become a life-changing event for these people.”

These are all important issues to address before you become an organ donor. Therefore, learning more about organ donation is vital so you can make an informed decision. Here is everything you need to know about becoming an organ donor.  

Who can Donate Organs?

The first question many people ask is if they can become an organ donor. If you are sick or on certain medications you may think you are disqualified. However, almost anyone can be an organ donor. What organs you donate are determined at the time of death and based on both your medical condition and proximity to those who need organs.

You must be 18 to register to be an organ donor, however children under the age of 18 may become donors with their parents’ permission. There is no age limit for donation. In fact, you can still donate organs until you are in your 90’s!

If you are concerned for religious reasons, most religions are supportive of donating organs and consider it an act of charity. If you are unsure, check with your religious leader before making a decision.  


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Why Should I Donate?

Donating organs saves lives. Over 123,000 people need an organ transplant and the list grows constantly – someone is added to the organ donor transplant list every 12 minutes. Unfortunately, around 6,500 people die per year because they do not receive a lifesaving transplant in time. The truth is that there are simply not enough donors for everyone on the transplant list. Your decision to donate could play a huge role in saving someone’s life.

What Organs can I Donate?

You can donate many different organs to save lives including your heart, kidneys, liver, small intestines, pancreas, and lungs. Tissues can also be donated and these include eyes, bone, skin, veins, tendons, and heart valves. One organ donor can save up to eight lives while those who donate eyes and tissues can help up to 50 people. Corneas are the most commonly donated tissue and can help many people see again.  


An 8-Year-Old Boy's Bone Marrow Donation Cured His Siblings Of Sickle Cell Disease

"It's kind of a bit of a miracle, in my opinion," his brother said.

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How do I Become a Donor?

Becoming a donor is simple. You can register as an organ donor when you get or renew your driver’s license. If you do not want to wait for that, you can visit your state’s donor registry online. Organ donation does not affect how your body looks, so you can still have an open casket funeral if that is your wish. However, it’s very important to talk to your family about your wishes for your body after death.  

Should you change your mind about donating, be sure to let your family and medical team know as well. Timing is crucial when it comes to transplanting organs, so it is important that everyone understands your wishes.

Living Donors

You may also choose to donate organs while you are alive. You can donate a kidney, parts of your liver, lungs, bone marrow, and intestine. Becoming a living donor can help save someone’s life but you must understand the risks to you if you are living donor. All surgeries are a risk, so be aware that you may have problems such as blood clots when recovering from donating an organ.

Becoming an organ donor is an important decision that only you can make. Carefully consider what you want to do and talk to your loved ones and religious leaders if you have any questions or concerns. Donating organs is a great way to help others even after you have passed on. It’s a legacy that can save lives!

    Why You Should Become an Organ Donor

    Becoming an organ donor is an important decision but you may be unclear on how the process works. Many people worry that donating organs may upset others, go against their religion, or will not allow them to have an open casket funeral.  

    People who are on an organ waiting list typically have end-stage organ disease that significantly impacts their quality of life and may be near the end of their life. Receiving an organ can become a life-changing event for these people.”

    These are all important issues to address before you become an organ donor. Therefore, learning more about organ donation is vital so you can make an informed decision. Here is everything you need to know about becoming an organ donor.  

    Who can Donate Organs?

    The first question many people ask is if they can become an organ donor. If you are sick or on certain medications you may think you are disqualified. However, almost anyone can be an organ donor. What organs you donate are determined at the time of death and based on both your medical condition and proximity to those who need organs.

    You must be 18 to register to be an organ donor, however children under the age of 18 may become donors with their parents’ permission. There is no age limit for donation. In fact, you can still donate organs until you are in your 90’s!

    If you are concerned for religious reasons, most religions are supportive of donating organs and consider it an act of charity. If you are unsure, check with your religious leader before making a decision.  


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    Why Should I Donate?

    Donating organs saves lives. Over 123,000 people need an organ transplant and the list grows constantly – someone is added to the organ donor transplant list every 12 minutes. Unfortunately, around 6,500 people die per year because they do not receive a lifesaving transplant in time. The truth is that there are simply not enough donors for everyone on the transplant list. Your decision to donate could play a huge role in saving someone’s life.

    What Organs can I Donate?

    You can donate many different organs to save lives including your heart, kidneys, liver, small intestines, pancreas, and lungs. Tissues can also be donated and these include eyes, bone, skin, veins, tendons, and heart valves. One organ donor can save up to eight lives while those who donate eyes and tissues can help up to 50 people. Corneas are the most commonly donated tissue and can help many people see again.  




    3. Get sleep

    Sleep is arguably the most vital aspect of our day, which is why over our lifetime we will spend 1/3 of our time catching proverbial Zs.

    Falling and/or staying asleep can be tricky, and pills and medications can be scary, but there are natural methods like foods and supplements that can help you.

    Melatonin controls our circadian rhythm, which is to say our waking and sleeping cycles–the internal clock in our body. Naturally, at night (when it’s dark), we produce more melatonin, and in the day (when it’s light), less is needed, so we naturally produce less.

    According to Sleep.org: “Foods such as tomatoes, walnuts, olives, rice, barley, strawberries, [and] cherries… contain melatonin. When your body absorbs melatonin from these foods, you may begin to feel calm and sleepy.”

    There’s also Valerian root, chamomile, bananas, almonds, and kava, all of which we detail in our Top 6 Sleep Helpers post.



    An 8-Year-Old Boy's Bone Marrow Donation Cured His Siblings Of Sickle Cell Disease

    "It's kind of a bit of a miracle, in my opinion," his brother said.
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    How do I Become a Donor?

    Becoming a donor is simple. You can register as an organ donor when you get or renew your driver’s license. If you do not want to wait for that, you can visit your state’s donor registry online. Organ donation does not affect how your body looks, so you can still have an open casket funeral if that is your wish. However, it’s very important to talk to your family about your wishes for your body after death.  

    Should you change your mind about donating, be sure to let your family and medical team know as well. Timing is crucial when it comes to transplanting organs, so it is important that everyone understands your wishes.

    Living Donors

    You may also choose to donate organs while you are alive. You can donate a kidney, parts of your liver, lungs, bone marrow, and intestine. Becoming a living donor can help save someone’s life but you must understand the risks to you if you are living donor. All surgeries are a risk, so be aware that you may have problems such as blood clots when recovering from donating an organ.

    Becoming an organ donor is an important decision that only you can make. Carefully consider what you want to do and talk to your loved ones and religious leaders if you have any questions or concerns. Donating organs is a great way to help others even after you have passed on. It’s a legacy that can save lives!





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