Christmas is the time of gift giving and surrounding yourself with family and people you love. I love buying people presents, because I love seeing the joy on someones face when they’re opening their present. Have you ever thought about giving the gift of blood? I’m not saying you should cut yourself open and spew your guts everywhere. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to give blood, and I would always watch my mum give blood and look at her in admiration. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to donate blood. Instead, I am persuading you to give blood.
Giving blood is one of the easiest way to save lives. When I was going through chemotherapy, I didn’t have time to have surgery beforehand to save my eggs. The mission was that I would have surgery after my second round of chemotherapy and save the remaining eggs. Chemotherapy destroys your immune system, and weakens your blood cells. Without the blood transfusion, the surgery wouldn’t have been possible. So I am forever thankful that the person who donated blood did donate blood. A simple act of kindness can go so far!
I was lucky that I didn’t need any more blood transfusions along the way of chemotherapy. I know people that need regular blood transfusions so their body can handle the chemotherapy, literally to save themselves. Your blood matters! Each year the NHS need roughly 20,000 new donors, as some people are unable to give blood. Check you’re eligible, as I urge you to donate.
This Christmas, think about those people who are in need of your blood. It’s not just cancer patients, but donated blood is often used in emergencies, and as Christmas approaches, the frosty weather comes along with it, causing more accidents on the road. Trade your blood for someone’s life. Usually, men’s blood is the perfect blood because they carry a lot more iron than the average woman’s blood. Unfortunately, women are more inclined to donate blood more than men. Male or female, or other, all blood matters! If you still need persuading, then please visit the NHS website.