16 years ago my friend Sophia left this world. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, partner, friend and more. Her death taught me so much and forever changed my life. One thing that truly changed because of this horrible day and loss was that I made sure to be an organ donor. Sophia was and although she lost her life and was declared brain dead, she saved a lot of others lives with her selfless gift.
I have been an organ donor ever since. It’s so important to me. Not only did she save others, I know people who have received a donation from someone and it’s the most amazing gift you can leave. A piece of you will always physically live on.
My friends mom just received the gift of two lungs from someone who was an organ donor. She will now live a longer life and get to see she grand babies grow up and keep being there for her husband and kids.
A follower and someone I follow received the gift of a heart. What an incredible gift to receive. It is so heroic to me when I hear stories of people getting to fully live their life due to someone’s selflessness and kind soul.
A guy in his early thirties or late 20s, a coworker of my husbands just received a kidney donation from someone who was a donor.
So being an organ donor is important to me. Having that D on my license never changed the course of my own accident and I have worked in the ER and inpatient and being a donor never made medical staff not do everything they could do to save people.
My husband, next of kin also fully knows my wishes which is also important. He knows my wishes and will honor them. There are many levels to end of life and it’s important that those close to you and your next of kin understands them so they can fulfill your wishes.
Miss you and love you Sophia.