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World Blood Donor Day: Sharing Blood for a Cause

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Image taken from bloodsavelives.orgWhat a great difference you can make if you can help other people to prolong their lives but what is even greater is if you can save their lives.

Every blood donation counts, and the way to survival for patients suffering from blood loss and blood disorder specifically brought by an emergency situation, be it due to trauma from a road traffic accident, inevitable physical injuries, surgical complications, and related medical histories like sickle cell anemia or gastrointestinal bleeding, is the blood stored or reserved from a donation.

June 14, 2011 is World Blood Donor day which is annually being observed and organized by the International Federation of Blood Donor organizations. This is in recognition for those who continually share or donate blood in order to save lives.

Despite modern scientific inventions, there is no substitute for human blood, so every donor participating in this noble cause is considered a hero because without their efforts and generosity to give blood, the mortality rate due to blood loss might be on the higher side.

Furthermore, along with its celebration is the dissemination of the benefits of regular blood donation and that should always be emphasized, for it is not the recipients alone that gain.

There are several advantages which can be enumerated from blood donation. The wonderful feeling that you have done something good for other people and that your blood can run a thousand miles to save lives will always be on top of it. The fact that some of the donors are getting paid is a part of it. The chance for a free check and health screening can also be an additional factor.

There are also health benefits which can be acquired from a regular blood donation. It is actually a great way to regenerate blood cells. Giving blood reduces iron accumulating in the blood streams which thereby lowers the risk for certain diseases like cardiovascular or heart problems. It also lowers cholesterol levels and even reduces the risk for certain cancers.

There are disadvantages as well from blood donation. The feeling of discomfort can arise from a needle prick during the procedure. There may be a feeling of light-headedness, nausea or even the possibility of a fainting attack after. That is the reason why every donor is encouraged to rest and take a snack after the donation procedure in order to regain strength or energy from blood loss. All of these can be overcome later on by the fact that the donor has given something that can be a great help for others in need and that in itself is a simple way to make a difference.

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  • Marie Warder

    Do you know that South Africa was the first country to accept blood obtained from phlebotomized Hemochromatosis patients, for donation. Canada was the second.

  • http://www.iwalkthroughlife.blogspot.com Azeweht

    Thanks Marie for the trivia! =) Hope is well with you! Godspeed! (Sorry for my late reply)