#BeImpulsive The Importance of Donating Blood

This post is sponsored by Blood Systems, Inc. All opinions are my own.

 

I never thought I would need a blood transfusion or donation in my life. I live a pretty decently boring life, don’t take extreme risks and I am in fairly decent health, at least when it came to needing invasive surgeries. This was not only the wrong thought process because you don’t need to live some exciting life filled with lots of risk in order to need blood, but it was extremely naive as well.

I had a surgery in the fall of 2012 that would change all of that. I went in for a breast reduction. This was supposed to be a joyous occasion for me (I would finally be rid of back aches and rashes!) but because I had an issue in the operating room no one saw coming; I needed blood. My 3-4 hour surgery suddenly became a 7 hour one because at one point in the surgery, I was bleeding pretty bad and they couldn’t get t to stop. It was then that I needed the help of a blood donation. If it wasn’t for the kindness of a stranger donating their blood, I may not be here today all because I wanted a better quality of life. I am a firm believer in blood donations and below, I would like to help you understand how you can make a difference.

The Importance of Donating Blood

Let’s check out some fact on blood donation:

Donating blood is one of the most selfless things you can do. One blood donation can actually help three people. Since you can potentially donate blood up to six times per year, this means in one year alone, your donations could save eighteen people! Isn’t that amazing?

Every 2 seconds, someone needs blood. This lifesaving act really makes an impact on the people in your community.

The most common reasons people need blood are NOT from accidents like I thought. They are actually those being treated for cancer, blood disorders, and those undergoing heart surgeries, organ transplants and orthopedic surgeries.

Blood donation does not just come in the form of donating whole blood. You can also donate platelets that can help with cancer treatments (these are in high demand because the shelf life is only 5 days) and plasma which helps with burns and traumas, blood clotting disorder sand even newborn premature babies.

How you Can Help Right Now

I am encouraging all of my readers to Be Impulsive and donate blood today or find out how you can. A blood donation can be done in a short amount of time and it’s a simple way to have a big impact on someone else’s life. Join me and Blood Systems. Inc in making an impact. Find out how you can donate by visiting the Be Impulsive page. You can even RSVP to donate right there.

How can YOU get involved? Find out at BeImpulsiveRSVP.com. #BeImpulsive.

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