This blog is brand new to me, I'm not even entirely sure how I found her. But could there be many more important conversations to have with our loved ones?
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And if you haven't, have you considered how you would feel about organ donation if it was your life hanging on the line? Meet Cam, a woman (amazingly crafty, btw - I love her stuff), who has been placed on the waiting list for a double-lung transplant. She has known for more than a decade that this day was coming, but it is here, now. And all she can do is wait.
Did you know that while 98% of Australians believe organ donation is important and can save lives, we have one of the lowest donation rates in the developed world? That only around half of Australians know what the wishes are of their loved ones? That moment when your loved one is on life support is not when you want to be making this decision. When your world is falling apart and your heart is splitting open is not when you want to try to figure out what they would have wanted.
Talk about it today. Tonight. And if you are interested in registering as an organ donor, go here. In Australia, family consent is always sought before organ donation goes ahead, even if you have already stated your wishes. So make sure that the people in your life know your wishes. Don't leave them guessing.
And head on over to Cam's blog and wish her the best.
Edited: I just went and registered online. It took less than 2 minutes. A letter will be sent to me for my signature. It's a conversation Joel and I have had a hundred times (he is not as adamant as I about organ donation, he doesn't know where he stands, but he knows where I stand). It feel soooo good to finally be on that list.
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