The first month of the new year has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month since 1970. The main goal is to help those in need of blood, especially in harsh winter environments due to illness, accidents, and unforeseen weather conditions. A blood donation is a gift of life that a healthy individual can give to others in the community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components, helping save multiple lives.
(Information provided by the Mayo Clinic)
Education and Resources:
American Red Cross, www.redcross.org
American Association of Blood Banks, www.aabb.org
Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com
The Connie Grimes Story
Connie Grimes recalls the days of when her father was a blood donor. “I decided to donate blood because I can remember my dad donating blood,” says Connie. Connie never dreamed that one day she would be on the receiving end of blood donations.
In February 2008, Connie received her first blood transfusion after a doctor’s visit revealed she had an alarmingly low blood count. As her blood count continued to drop, she routinely received transfusions. “I went through lots of testing until I was finally diagnosed in June of 2009 with Watermelon Stomach.” “It is in the rare disease category,” says Connie.
In celebrating January as National Blood Donation month, Connie was eager to share her experience with just how important blood donation can be. “It means life or death for some people,” says Connie. “Over the last two years I had to receive blood transfusions monthly.” Connie agrees that it is important to give back when you can. “I have even had co-workers donate blood in my name during blood drives at People’s Bank,” says Connie. Even though Connie isn’t able to donate blood right now because of her condition, her friends and family members donate. “It is essential for people to donate blood to save people’s lives who need it,” says Connie.
During her treatment, Connie received excellent care at the Strecker Cancer Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital. “I would give the nurses and doctors at Strecker an A plus,” says Connie.
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