My late husband fell ill in 2005 with heart failure, and struggled for five years, before succumbing to it.
In 2009, he had an adverse reaction to a drug he was taking, and lost a significant amount of blood.
He required 12 units of blood to correct the problem.
I decided the, that I should “repay” the blood bank, for his “withdrawals”, and started donating blood.
By the time I reached the breakeven 12 unit mark, it was pretty much part of my lifestyle routine.
So I kept donating.
Several events have temporarily sidelined my blood donations over the years, but I endured.
But I picked up where I left off, when I was able to.
I just recently donated my 36th unit.
Though my ”debt” to the blood bank was settled long ago, my current “deposits” are now dedicated to anyone I know, that is battling any illness, and may need blood to recover.
Happy to donate.
Elaine De Rooy