Time for a RL Interlude

My friend Jackie died last night. She was 38 years old. Jackie leaves behind 4 and 6 year old sons and her wonderful husband Kevin.

After the birth of her baby 4 years ago Jackie was having trouble breathing. Many doctors and many tests later she discovered that she was born with a rare disease that meant her only hope for survival was a transplant. About 3 years ago Jackie had a double lung transplant. Someone's tragedy meant my friend had three fairly healthy years with her young sons.

Over the past several months Jackie suffered from an infection that is common in transplant patients. No matter what the doctors did, no matter how hard she fought there was nothing left to do but ease her pain with heavy doses of morphine. About 10:30 last night Jackie took her last labored breath and passed from this world.

I am telling this story not for sympathy and not to make you sad. I am sharing this because I would like to ask you to do something in Jackie's memory. Please give blood and sign an organ donation card. Carry that card with you so if the unthinkable happens, you can give someone else the gift of life.

Please be extra kind to someone today -- for me and for my friend. Thanks


Isle said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, and the suffering of your friend and her family.

I have the donor sticker on my driver's license, and my family is well aware of my donating wishes. When we are gone, we still have the ability to help so many people.

I wish more would do this as well.

I hope your blog moves at least one more person to sign a donor card and save another life.

Ceejay Writer said...

After the death of my best friend 4 years ago, I signed my organ donor card. Sadly, I can't give blood due to hepatitis in my history, but when I am done with other bits and pieces, I hope someone can use them.

I'm so sorry you lost a good friend. It's never easy.

♪ Guenevere ♪ said...

I have always been an organ donor and will remain one for those very reasons. Luckily in most US States now you can sign up as an organ donor at the Driver's License Branch.

I am also sorry for your loss, but also relieved that her suffering has passed. The hope now is that her memory remains with her loved ones including her 2 children.

Lizzie Lexington said...

I am an organ donor but because of my issues with anemia I unfortunately do not give blood. Thanks for sharing this story with us. Hugs to you!

Tymmerie Thorne said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend's family.

Thank you for putting this reminder out there. I give blood, but need to remember to do it consistently. I am also an organ donor and signed up with the National Bone Marrow Registry (for the U.S.).

Krissy Muggleston said...

This really hits close to home as a 37 year old mom of 3 under the age of 9. I'm a donor. Hugs and prayers.

Pan said...

Hugz to you... adding in this website for those seeking USA Info

Delinda said...

Chestnut.. my condolences on the loss of your friend. The last few days ive done alot of thinking about my situation others like me and Im ready to take action and at least try and create some awareness .. here is what I just posted http://delindasdiary.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/1st-life/