Today is our 8th wedding anniversary and my husband and I decided to donate together.
Through the years, Patrick and I have been pretty faithful in donating blood. Over time, we’ve had to reschedule donation appointments and rarely have we ended up donating on the same day. There have been times he’s had a cold or I’ve not had enough iron to donate. Nevertheless, we continue to come back every 56 days or so. We have both been touched by the need for blood donations; his mother received five transfusions when she was in the hospital battling lymphoma and I received two after suffering a miscarriage. My mother was also the recipient of a blood transfusion shortly before she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Long before we met, my husband started giving blood on a whim when the blood mobile was at Boeing in the 1990s. After that he did it every so often, but not on a regular basis. I had given blood on a whim as well in the late 1990s at Bellevue College. I was walking to an anthropology class I wasn’t too thrilled with and needed a good reason to not go. Why not give blood?
After we met, we started donating on a more regular basis. We both have type O Positive and if we happen to let more than a few weeks go by, we get friendly calls asking for a donation. When we have the universal blood type, it’s hard not to think of those people who need our blood. After seeing that so many people can benefit from our donation, we’ve decided to make it on a much more regular basis now.
Last Tuesday, I was set to give blood, but came down with a terrible cold and cough. When I called to change the appointment, I decided we needed to start donating together and why not start with our anniversary on October 25th? We have been through a lot with illness in our family and those times when our loved ones have needed blood, someone out there had been kind and generous enough to give so that my family and others had another chance at life.