As of the beginning of June 2014, I’m a blood donor with 57 donations. I started donating blood when I was around 18 or 19, I can’t really remember – early 80s anyway. I can’t remember why I started except that it seemed to be the right thing to do – this was before the Jackie Chan ads but I do know his message was my thoughts. I took some time off of donating while in the Air Force, children and such and iron deficiency problems which still plague me today, but this last issue is counteracted by taking an iron supplement. I try to give a minimum of four times a year if I can. Even after these many donations I can’t stand the needle, I can’t stand to look at it at all, and have to take a deep breath when it’s going in.
Giving blood is something our family does. Our two daughters also started donating when they turned 18, and our son might be coming in soon too. I guess the philosophy of giving is that it’s a direct, impactful and easy way to help our fellow man. To make it fun and interactive, we have races to see who is the fastest in donating. It’s not like we have any control over it or anything, but it makes for some fun conversation. My husband Chris usually beats me though as my average time is around 7 and his is 6. My fastest time is just over 4 and a half minutes. I either drank a lot of water that day or the nurse hit a gold mine of a vein!