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Perks of Donating Blood

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Like another poster, I feel sick afterward. Nearly always borderline anemic or anemic too, and it seems to take me over six months to bounce back and feel healthy again. On top of all that, the Red Cross always blows up my veins (which is more painful than you would think). So if you have tiny blood vessels and/or prone to anemia, AND it takes you a while to bounce back, don't donate. But most people who say they can't donate really can. But for those of us who can't contribute, it is sad. Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Blood donations save lives.
One of my adult kids needed an organ transplant - and needed a lot of blood products in the months leading up to the surgery.
I gave my 115th donation this week.
I know what it's like to donate, and now a close family member has received!!!
If you can,please make an appointment to give blood and help save a life! Report
Over my life time, I've donated 114 units of 'blood. I also have witnessed the life saving miracle of family members receiving blood. Give if you can, you never know whose life it will help!!! Report
I usually donate when I can but I need to get back to do it at least once or twice a year. Report
For people who are saying they can't donate... many of your are right, but some of you may be wrong now. Recently the regulations were adjusted. Please try to donate and they'll evaluate you and let you know if you qualify or not. What would it hurt? Report
I used to donate every 8 weeks but I'm AB+ and not many people can use my blood. However, a few years ago, Heartland switched me to platelet/plasma donation, which makes my blood type much more useful. I can also donate every 4 weeks now. Report
I am a regular platelet donor. It is such an easy way to give back to the community. Additionally, I have needed an emergency pint or 2 on more than one occasion.

So as a donor I encourage everyone who is qualified, to donate. Currently I'm somewhere between 50 and 60 gallons (yes, gallons).

As a recipient, I thank those of you who are or have been donors. You do save lives. I am a living example. I would not be here today if it wasn't for blood donors. And I am grateful for every pint. Report
I can no longer give blood, too "contaminated." Last December, I had emergency surgery and required 3 units. Life saving surgery and life saving blood. I am so thankful to whomever thought of me, though they didn't know me. Report
My husband hated red cross...they charge armed forces guys for the blood and that is taken first out of they pay no exceptions. (this may have changed since the vietnam era LOL but he never changed his opinion. They wont take my blood even tho im o negative. I wish there were better alternatives. Report
I wish I could donate blood but it makes me so sick for 3 days. Report
What a great informative article. I gave blood for years but now I only have one vein they can find. It has scar tissue so I don't donate anymore. Report
My Iron is at the lowest level on blood test charts, so I would not qualify. It has been low for 2 years and recently got stronger Iron pills to slowly increase it. So, maybe in 12 months when I should be healthy. Last year I got my Hepatitus A and B shot. Last month I got tested for HIV and Hepatitus C, all negative. West nile virus I would not have because I do not travel outside of Canada or the U.S.A. Report
Wish that I could donate but not allowed by the Red Cross because I was over seas and they don't allow you to donate if you were over there during certain years and I and my family were Report

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