I know first hand that life after the transplant is what these patients' families dream about as they sit at home or in the hospital waiting and watching their loved one get sicker and sicker. The only hope you have as you watch your sister, mother, uncle, or child suffer is that you will soon get that call from the transplant team saying that they have found the perfect organ.
But that call doesn't come in time for every person in need. There are simply not enough donors to go around; every day 18 people die waiting for an organ. Shaina has watched friends die from diseases like hers. And while we feel incredibly lucky that she has been approved for a 4th transplant, we know that there's still a chance it won't happen if they can't find the right liver for her.
|My beautiful sister, Shaina.|
I know that becoming an organ donor is not something that most people think of as they go about their daily lives. But it is something that my family and I think about every day. And I hope that whenever I die, I can help as many people as possible through organ donation. To give back for the gift that those donors before gave to me: to talk to my sister on the phone after a hard day, to feel jealous when she gets a new pair of hot heels, to see her smile at my dad's stupid jokes. All of this, every second of the past 10 years with my sister would not be possible without the selfless generosity of organ donors.
April is Donate Life Month. If you have not taken the time to sign up as an organ donor on an official registry, I hope you will take a few minutes to do so today. This page offers information about becoming a donor in each of the 50 states. Each of us has the capacity to give people like Shaina the chance to live a full life. It's one of the greatest things you can do for someone else.