In December of 2018, 3 months after turning 30, I was diagnosed with Leukemia. Within 72 hours, I was receiving chemotherapy. I became someone receiving blood rather than donating, and over the next 7 months I needed 70+ units of blood and platelets just to get through the treatments.
Without blood donors I wouldn’t be here today. As a nurse, I always knew how important blood donors were, but this made it really hit home. Every bag of blood I received I couldn’t help but think about how each and every person who donates helps save a life and feel overwhelmingly thankful for one of the most simple gifts you can give.