Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Big Thanks & An Appeal to Blood Donors!

Today, an article was published through Yahoo! Health Day
U.S. Blood Supply at Dangerously Low Levels: Red Cross

This hits close to home, as both Little Bro and I have an inherited blood disorder called Von Willebrand's Disease.

Our blood is very low in VWF Clotting Factor, Ristocetin, and Factor VIII.

What that means is that we could bleed to death if we do not get blood products if we have a bleed or if we have surgery.

That is part of what made my medical care complicated this year.
That is one of the reasons why I ended up going to Mayo Clinic for my care.
Thankfully, Mayo Clinic has excellent hematologists and also was able to access enough blood product for me to successfully have treatments and surgeries.

So a huge thanks to those healthy individuals who generously donated blood and blood products to the supply kept by the Mayo Clinic. You made a difference in my life!

Now, an appeal to you that qualify to give blood: 

You will be making a difference in someone's life, like Little Bro's or mine...

One of the faces of children with VWD, Little Bro

You literally could be saving a life or lives!!!
All of us with blood disorders, from hemophilia to Von Willebrand's, from sickle cell anemia to leukemia, from all of the different blood Factor deficiencies to lymphoma, need people like YOU who generously take time out of your day to give blood and blood products!

To learn more about becoming a blood or platelet donor, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org

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