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Grateful Recipient

November 11, 2011 at 10:15 am
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By Dimone Gabler, recipient of blood products & champion of blood donors

I thought people who received blood either had surgery, a transfusion for a particular condition, or had been in a serious accident. I found out there are other reasons one might need blood. A few years ago, I thought I had a bad flu bug. After two to three days of not being able to keep anything down, my husband insisted I go to the doctor. I was so weak I was barely able to stand. After the doctor's examination, he sent me to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital.


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Donating Blood Gives Life… And Hope

October 4, 2011 at 9:13 am
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I looked at the date of my last plasma/platelet donation: March 7, 2011. It was August now I realized and as I blinked at the date, it seemed impossible to remember what life was like just those few short months ago – there seemed to be such a gaping hole in reality and time. Within weeks of that donation in March, my Mom and I, together with the love of her life Alec, would celebrate her 60th birthday in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit waiting for her operation to repair a heart valve and to replace 2 artificial ones.


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The Power of Two

August 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm
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Hello Stanford Blood Center donors and friends! My name is Isabel Stenzel Byrnes and I'm a social worker and health educator, currently working for the Lucile Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program. I have a twin sister named Anabel, who is a genetic counselor at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. We'd like to share our personal story with you in this blog.


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The Buddy System

June 30, 2011 at 9:37 am
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On Dec. 29, 2010, Linda Johnson became the first woman to make 500 donations at Stanford Blood Center. It was more than 20 years ago when Linda's friend and Stanford Blood Center platelet donor, Stan Jensen, urged her to check if she would make a good platelet donor. Linda was a perfect candidate with good veins and a high platelet count.


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Become a Blood Donor

April 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm
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  Guest post by Susan Ipaktchian, originally published on Scope, Stanford University School of Medicine’s blog. Do you know your blood type? I was surprised when many of my friends and family members said they didn’t know theirs. But here’s...


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Is This My Ministry?

April 4, 2011 at 9:45 am
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Below, blood donor Amy Zucker Morgenstern writes about why she began giving blood, some struggles she’s experienced along the way, and how she’ll insist on continuing despite these obstacles. According to the Stanford Blood Center, I’m a gallon donor. But...


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Give Yourself Away

March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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The following piece by blood donor Kathy Harris is something she voluntarily wrote following her very first blood donation. Please be sure to share it with your friends who are not yet blood donors as a bit of encouragement to...