One small act that makes us a lot more...human.

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

There're many humanitarian actions nowadays that involves a lot of effort, empathy and most commonly - financial input. A reason of why probably plenty of you got a hold back on getting involved in any kind of humanitarian initiative. I also believe that many of you wish to feel this incredibly and amazing joy by helping others in need, which surprisingly can contribute a lot to your personal fulfilment as well. However, to do so with a peace of mind when comes to effort, being compassionate, financially or any other resources required.

For the rest of you that had been involved or actively contributing to this remarkable practice... much respect. Because believing or not, by helping others we are actually helping ourselves too. We are holding in place a system for the future, that one day can help us too, the ones that could be in a position of need. God forbid.

Today i'm reminding you and tell you more about one simple gesture that can save up to 3 other human lives, contribute on scientific medical researches and not only, ease the pain of others and even cure their illnesses. All of these for free and with just minimum effort involved from your side... by simply giving blood.

Before you run away because of the thought and picture in your head of a small needle or just because you might not be familiar with the terms of donating blood, doesn't mean you should stop reading. Please take a moment and think of a reason or reasons of not donating some blood. I hope these following examples and pieces of information will overcome your fear, or any other reason you might have now and convince you to accept this social, humanitarian challenge. Have a try and encourage others to do so. It's free, easy, quick and nice. Try it. If you're being told that you're not eligible to donate, at least you've tried.

Below you can watch few of the most important positive impacts that it has.

Did you know?

1. There is no substitute for human blood.

We are the only suppliers for the human blood and it doesn't harm us if we donate some. Once eligible approved, the requirements are simple: eat well and drank plenty of water or juices that day. Some work places even allow your stay at home by regulations if your body still needs few more hours to recover its full strength back. That's it.

Once given, the blood is transported and tested in a laboratory (about 12 tests are made for each blood sample taken), it's spun and separated into red cells, platelets and plasma. Each part of it is destined to help different patients, diseases, used in medical research or developing new health care products and medical cleaning solutions. (In the U.K. you're kept updated on the journey of your blood donation from the location taken until the destination/ Institute's name of its purpose). That's pretty cool.

There are four main blood groups (types of blood) – A, B, AB and O. Your blood group is determined by the genes you inherit from your parents. Each group can be either RhD positive or RhD negative, which means in total there are eight main blood groups. What's your blood type? What's the other blood type/types you can receive?

2. There's need of more black people to become blood donors.

You are ten times more likely to have the Ro subtype if you are of black African or black Caribbean heritage, compared to someone of white heritage. B positive is an important blood type for treating people with sickle cell disease and thalassemia who need regular transfusions. These conditions affect South Asian and Black communities where B positive blood is more common.There is currently a very high demand for B positive donations with the subtype Ro. Approximately 2% of donors have this rare subtype and it's need for more. That’s one of the reasons why we need more black people to become blood donors.

3. Most people are able to give blood, but only 4% actually do.

You can donate blood if you are fit and healthy weigh at least 50 kg (7st 12lb),are 17-66 years old (or 70 if you've given blood before)or over 70 and have given blood in the last two years. Read more about who can give blood. You don't realise how easy it is, until you do it once.

4. Pregnant women are always given a blood group test. This is because if the mother is RhD negative but the child has inherited RhD-positive blood from the father, it could cause complications if left untreated. RhD-negative women of child-bearing age should always only receive RhD-negative blood. Read more about Rhesus disease.

5. Animals can give blood too!

Doggy donors.

In 1665 Richard Lower, a physician, successfully performed a blood transfusion between two dogs, some 150 years before the first successful human to human exchange was managed. So blood transfusion medicine goes back centuries and the first successful recorded blood donation was not human to human, but dog to dog.

Nowadays even animals are saving each other's lives by giving blood and no, they aren't tortured while doing so. :)

So why shouldn't you do it too? Don't wait for a bad situation/experience in where you'll realise more the importance of it. Defeat your fears now and allow yourself to feel a little bit more... human.

If you don't know how to start, simply type 'blood donations' after clicking here.

Thank you... all of you that are donating blood already or just going to do so from now on, much respect and keep on doing good.

As for the rest of you,

appreciated getting so far on reading and i'm hoping that now, knowing more about it, you'll be at least, encouraging others to donate if you aren't ready yet.

You can still do your part.

Kind thoughts,

Catalina M.

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