A few nights ago, I lay in bed, not being able to sleep for a while, and made a rather interesting emotional discovery... I realised that the biggest compliment anyone can give someone who's waiting for an organ transplant, or has had one, is to become an organ donor, without you having to ask them...
This has happened to me, as three of my best friends, as well as my sister and parents of course, became organ donors somewhere in the time that I was listed, and I didn't even know. I only found out a while later, either by seeing the sticker on their driver's licienses, or just finding out in conversation a few months later. And it really felt better than receiving an actual gift from them. It's like they're saying to me: "If I could, I would seriously give you an organ".
On the flipside however, you get friends who just never register, and sometimes I find it rather upsetting. It's one thing if they openly say they've told their family they want to be orgen donors, then at least I know their intentions are good, although it would be more concrete if they actually just registered. It's shocking how uninformed some people are, and even though I've mentioned countless times how easy it is to register etc, some of them still don't know how to!!!! THERE IS A LINK ON THE SIDEBAR OF MY BLOG. FOLLOW THE LINK. GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. THERE IS A BANNER SAYING "GIVE THE ULTIMATE GIFT". CLICK THERE. FILL IN YOUR DETAILS. IT TAKES LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. NO MEDICAL EXAM NEEDED. JUST DO IT DAMMIT.
But it's another thing altogether when people just avoid the subject and keep quiet about it. It's like they're saying to me "I'm really glad you got lungs, but you would never have gotten them from me..."
Apparently in Spain, if you're not an organ donor, you can't get an organ. And I assume you must have been one for a while, as it's no use becomming one just when you realise you need an organ. In fact, they've also got the opt-out system, where everyone's an organ donor, except if you register NOT to be one. I really wish we could have that here...
So... if you're a real friend to someone who needs an organ, or who has had one, GO REGISTER YOURSELF. NOW.