I am your average Canadian. I am healthy, exercise, eat well and enjoy life. In the back of my mind I knew Canada Blood Services was there should I ever be in a car accident and need blood. Little did I know that when I went to emergency with difficulties breathing, lightheadedness and pressure on my chest that I would be diagnosed with severe anemia due to an intestinal bleed. I required both blood and plasma transfusions. People took took an hour of their day to give blood. This saved my life. I now realize the importance of blood donations as one never knows when you or someone special may need it. When I communicated with friends about my medical status I added a note suggesting they give blood. My friend, Amy, took time last Friday night to give blood. I feel blessed to have her as a friend. This week she was notified that the blood she gave just four days prior to was being used. This reinforced the importance of her donation and the life she saved.
Unexpected need for blood