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Diaries of a Platelet Donor

August 30, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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In 1989, I was the victim of a serious motorcycle accident. My left leg and hip were seriously injured – I suffered from a broken hip socket, compound fractures of my tibia and fibula, and other issues. I spent a...


Bruce Anderson, donor

Why I Love to Roll Up My Sleeves

January 13, 2016 at 9:26 am
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By Bruce Anderson, guest blogger When I first started giving blood, I was terrified of needles and syringes and would become light-headed at the mere suggestion of them. But I had grown up in a small town where the community...


Tony's story

Tony

December 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm
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My donation story starts from when I was very young. My grandmother was a severe hemophiliac. I was used to seeing her in the hospital getting blood transfusions. Once I became an adult, I realized the best way I could...


Susan's Story

Susan

December 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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I started donating when my cousin’s wife was diagnosed with leukemia. In the face of this tragic disease, she not only thought of herself, but of others as well. She kept family and friends informed of her progress and treatments,...


Sandra's Story

Sandra

December 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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Today is my 99th whole blood donation. My husband and I started donating about 19 years ago as one of our first dates. We had been dating about 3 months, and my son’s elementary school was having a blood drive...


Pati's Story

Pati

December 6, 2014 at 10:07 pm
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My first donation was in 1977 at a mobile blood drive at my company. My girlfriend encouraged me, as she was a regular donor. I, among many others at work, didn’t really see the need and was apprehensive to give...


Mike's Story

Mike

December 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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When I was 17, I was in a skiing accident that left me in a coma and requiring immediate brain surgery to remove a blood clot from my left frontal lobe. I owe my life to the paramedics and brain...