There are very few instances in life where its okay to be negative, blood donation is one of them!
At age 16 i knew i wanted to continue to make a difference in any way possible and it was through my high school that i learnt of a way i could give back... through blood donation.
The timing could not have been more perfect either as a blood bus was scehduled to visit out school for the senior students wishing to make their first donation. I eagerly signed up and began to reasearch everything related to blood donation; different blood types, donation types (Whole blood, Plasma and Platelets) and how donated blood is used.
I learnt that my blood type is O negative and that i am what is known as a universal blood donor! My blood (O neg) can be given to any blood type and yet those with O neg blood can ONLY receive O negative blood.
My blood group is used to treat patients in emergency situations where the patients blood type is unknown and also for newborn babies!
Its is estimated that only 9% of the worlds populations belongs in the O negative blood group, this makes the need for O negative donors higher than other groups.
I was given snack and a drink after my donation and told i could donate whole blood again in 3 months time! I couldnt wait!
Since i first started donating i have had several breaks, such as during and after my pregnancies and this is a compulsary action for all blood donors and during my overseas travels.
Now, here we are, 13 years later and im still donating. The difference?! Now i donating more frequently! I am currently an active plasma donor which means i can donate plasma through a process called apheresis every 2 to 3 weeks, allowing me to make an even bigger impact!
Plasma is very diverse blood component and can be used to for a wide range of purposes such as creaing Anti D, Albumex 20, Albumex 4, Prothrombinex HT and Biostate.
I actively encourage all those around me to donate as well and since remarrying, my husband often comes to donations with me. As the plasma process takes approximately an hour and a half all up its nice to have him by my side, encouraging each other to continue to do what we can to make a difference in any small way.