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Doctor Shinobi
12-25-2010, 01:38 PM
a few days ago i've signed that after my death,my organs would be donated to people who would need them in order to not die.
not sure how many of you know about this,but it is quite possible in most countries. and i think sigining that is a wonderfull thing. thinking about the fact that after my death i'll be able to save the lives of other people,and heck,in a way some of me is going to be alive(the donated organs).
apparently in my country,you can sign it through the internet,and people who sign it also get priority on getting organ donations for themselves(in my country atleast).

so what do you think about it =]? maybe you should consider doing it too if you haven't done it yet ^^

edit : woah,what a terrible grammar mistake i've done in the title :S ignore that

Kell-chan
12-25-2010, 05:27 PM
Honestly, I would LOVE to. Seriously. My sister donates blood every few months, but unfortunately, my history of childhood illness prevents me from doing so. >.> I suffered from an idiopathic kidney disease and was treated with some god-awful treatments that render my organs less than desirable. HOWEVER, I'm EXTREMELY supportive of those who can donate blood and organs; I think it is extremely selfless. Srsly, MAD PROPS to whoever does this...as someone who was once on an organ transplant list, you have no idea how inspirational it can be.

Much love <3

DaemonForce
12-25-2010, 05:39 PM
I do not donate blood.
I do donate my organs.
Even though my body is garbage, it may keep an important person alive long enough to figure out an important cure or finish their last piece of music.

Eau de Decus
12-25-2010, 06:04 PM
I have been meaning to get the donor slot on my driver's license. I have no use for my internal organs after I die, so why not? I really need to get on that.

Kaoru133
12-25-2010, 10:38 PM
Yup I'm an organ donor!
^_^

J.Kazama
12-25-2010, 10:48 PM
I am a donor! When I moved to Ohio, the day I got my state ID the lady asked if I wanted to and I said yes without even thinking about it. If something in me can help someone...and I won't use that organ anymore, well, get it out and give it away.

Tigress
12-26-2010, 04:53 AM
Been an organ donor since 16, a blood donor since 17 and a marrow donor since 18.

Even if your organs/blood/etc aren't considered usable, you can still donate them for medical research. Medical students use cadavers to practice surgical techniques and researchers need tissues to experiment on.

Glassy
12-26-2010, 09:17 AM
I have an organ I'd like to donate.

Noone seems to want it though :/

Brsis
12-26-2010, 11:31 AM
I'm disqualified for blood on health grounds, although that may change in the future (Which is a shame, really good blood seems to run in my family!) but I've had a donor card since I was old enough. I mean, by that point, it's not like I'll want them.

nannyogg
12-26-2010, 06:10 PM
I really can't see why (short of religious reasons or prohibitive health issues) anyone wouldn't. I have had several friends who are transplant recipients (lung, heart, cornea) and it has given them an amazing second chance. One of my grandmothers donated her body to science when she died; I was young when it happened so I don't know how she set that up, but it's definitely something I would also consider.

Axelai
12-26-2010, 09:46 PM
If you donate your organs, does your body stay intact completely for burial?

Half of me wants to donate (the organs themselves, perhaps) while my other half doesn't (in case of a zombie apocalypse, i want to be a part of it).

LilMaibe
12-26-2010, 09:52 PM
If you donate your organs, does your body stay intact completely for burial?

Half of me wants to donate (the organs themselves, perhaps) while my other half doesn't (in case of a zombie apocalypse, i want to be a part of it).

Embalmers can do wonders. And no worry about the Zombie thing: Everyone can join. even if you were burned (okay, that's more smoke monster than zombie, but still)

DaemonForce
12-26-2010, 09:53 PM
Who said anything about burial? I'd rather be burned to ash or shot into space(maybe both?) after I'm gone. It would please me to no end if I could part myself off as a death gift. What few organs might remain functional among my trainwreck of a body would probably serve as a gift to keep others alive. But who am I kidding? We live in the backwards universe where all the amazing people are either killed off by stupid diseases or assassinated. The garbage of this world are doomed to die peacefully or be horribly mangled to the point where they would never be recognized at a funeral. I guess the donor mark is just me being hopeful.

Axelai
12-26-2010, 09:55 PM
Embalmers can do wonders. And no worry about the Zombie thing: Everyone can join. even if you were burned (okay, that's more smoke monster than zombie, but still)

I'm hoping embalmers can do wonders. Since i haven't signed myself up for organ donations yet, just under that specific fear.

And dude, i want to be a part of the walking dead. I want to ride with my fallen friends and just pwn the world. And i believe a lack of organs might make that troublesome.

Who said anything about burial? I'd rather be burned to ash or shot into space(maybe both?) after I'm gone. It would please me to no end if I could part myself off as a death gift. What few organs might remain functional among my trainwreck of a body would probably serve as a gift to keep others alive. But who am I kidding? We live in the backwards universe where all the amazing people are either killed off by stupid diseases or assassinated. The garbage of this world are doomed to die peacefully or be horribly mangled to the point where they would never be recognized at a funeral. I guess the donor mark is just me being hopeful.

Depressing much?

LilMaibe
12-26-2010, 09:58 PM
I'm hoping embalmers can do wonders. Since i haven't signed myself up for organ donations yet, just under that specific fear.

And dude, i want to be a part of the walking dead. I want to ride with my fallen friends and just pwn the world. And i believe a lack of organs might make that troublesome.


AFAIK a good embalmer can make you look alive and sleeping even if you don't have a single organ in your body.

And hey, what's more helpful to pwn the world than to be able to slip through the vent-system to open the mall's doors to your friends?

Axelai
12-26-2010, 10:00 PM
AFAIK a good embalmer can make you look alive and sleeping even if you don't have a single organ in your body.

And hey, what's more helpful to pwn the world than to be able to slip through the vent-system to open the mall's doors to your friends?

But sadly, zombies run on their body's reanimated corpse. So organs are required to be reanimated.

Unless they want my ovaries. They can have those.

EDIT: My dad is not on the donor list because back when he wanted to sign up for it, he was super poor. He was afraid a huge, rich person would need his organs and have him get killed for it o.o; He's all "Extreme, but it scared me." Nowadays, he says "They don't want my old organs XD"

captain0marauding
12-27-2010, 12:58 AM
I'm going to donate my organs when I die, I won't be needing them. Just think of the people that you could save with them. It seems quite satisfying, knowing that you can save somebody.

Tigress
12-27-2010, 04:10 AM
I don't think you have to worry about being a pretty corpse when you donate your organs. No one's going to see that you are missing your heart or lungs. And embalming and make-up will make you pretty.

If you go the full Monty and donate your entire body, the researchers using your body will cremate your remains after they're done with them and send them back to your family for burial. My religion actually calls for cremation, so that's all right with me.

My mom tried to talk me out of organ donation because she also thought some rich person would have me killed to harvest my organs. But when I educated her about the difficulties of tissue-typing and how hard it would be to find a recipient unless there's some kind of nationwide DNA database to find that one-in-a-million match, she stopped panicking.

Yui
12-27-2010, 04:54 AM
You know, I was reading "oranges" instead of "organs" - all of the silliness elsewhere hid the nature of an actually serious thread. ^_^;

Jia Jem
12-27-2010, 09:37 AM
I've donated every orange I've eaten to my organs.

Yukikittie
12-27-2010, 04:51 PM
Yeah, when I die I'll donate my organs. And when I get to an old enough age I'm going to start donating blood.
They can carve me out, burn me to ashes, than make me fertilizer or scatter me in the wind or some shit like that. Better than being buried in the ground.

Kildread
12-27-2010, 07:31 PM
No.

Not because I care what happens to this mortal coil once I've left it, but because it would require me to get off my arse and use up my alive time for something that's gonna happen once it no longer matters.

Kinda like funeral arrangements, I don't think that's ever gonna be put in my schedule :P

Granted, if I'm asked at a regular checkup, I'll likely sign myself up.

Axelai
12-27-2010, 07:57 PM
I'll donate my oranges for sure.

Organs, if i can find a prosthetic for my corpse in case of a zombie apocalypse.

nannyogg
12-27-2010, 08:04 PM
If you go the full Monty and donate your entire body, the researchers using your body will cremate your remains after they're done with them and send them back to your family for burial. My religion actually calls for cremation, so that's all right with me.


That's awesome; I didn't know you got the cremation as follow up to donating to science; that clinches it! I don't want to be buried, my kids know I want my ashes scattered off the coast of Taha'a, and for them to go together to do it when the time comes (and I have insurance money set aside to cover their trip, and my mom knows to make sure it stays set aside if I meet an untimely death before they're old enough to go on their own). No Zombie apocalypse for me.

nannyogg
12-27-2010, 08:05 PM
No.

Not because I care what happens to this mortal coil once I've left it, but because it would require me to get off my arse and use up my alive time for something that's gonna happen once it no longer matters.

Kinda like funeral arrangements, I don't think that's ever gonna be put in my schedule :P

Granted, if I'm asked at a regular checkup, I'll likely sign myself up.

Most places, they ask you when you do your driver's license renewal and they mark it on your license. Or, tell your family, so they know what your wishes are.

DaemonForce
12-27-2010, 08:13 PM
Unless they want my ovaries. They can have those.
If there's nothing wrong with you(God forbid...) there's always a chance you could induce your body into super fertility and donate your eggs. You look like a normal girl that any barren couple would have been happy to have.
EDIT: My dad is not on the donor list because back when he wanted to sign up for it, he was super poor. He was afraid a huge, rich person would need his organs and have him get killed for it o.o; He's all "Extreme, but it scared me." Nowadays, he says "They don't want my old organs XD"
Rich people don't usually need major organs anyway. I want an arm from an 18 year old. Preferably a right. I know I've been writing, typing and catching with this one for so long but my body had bad development growing up and I suspect a circulation problem in the near future. Ah well. :/

BsWN
12-27-2010, 08:13 PM
I hate to break the chain. But at this point (which I admit is still quite early) I wouldn't donate my organs.

Sure I completely agree that I wouldn't be needing them and that I might save someone's life. But just the thought of someone opening me up and taking out my insides once I'm dead just freaks me out. Once I'm dead, I'm dead; leave me be.

Kildread
12-27-2010, 08:18 PM
Most places, they ask you when you do your driver's license renewal and they mark it on your license. Or, tell your family, so they know what your wishes are.

Not in Québec, whether it's the Health Insurance card or my Driver's License, I was never asked that.

Axelai
12-27-2010, 08:19 PM
If there's nothing wrong with you(God forbid...) there's always a chance you could induce your body into super fertility and donate your eggs. You look like a normal girl that any barren couple would have been happy to have.

I've considered that. Except... I don't know. Knowing my children would be walking around without me ever meeting them... I'm too much of a sap to be able to go through with that. I'd want to go kidnap them all and live in one big house together ^^; Though if its after I'm dead... I dunno... @___@;

DaemonForce
12-27-2010, 08:27 PM
Sure I completely agree that I wouldn't be needing them and that I might save someone's life. But just the thought of someone opening me up and taking out my insides once I'm dead just freaks me out. Once I'm dead, I'm dead; leave me be.
I thought this way for a while. I am me. My flesh is not to be considered mine. My legacy is my name and nothing more. The things I accomplish, the people fond of me, the lives I change, they all mean nothing and hold no true value on their own.

Then I thought of it this way: If someone were to use my remains to benefit another life, that would significantly raise the value of my death. My family is full of health problems but me and my grandfather are the rare unicorns that have managed to avoid horrible diseases. If I die and part myself out to allow another to live, then that would be my final task on this Earth. Sure they might not always do things with their life that I would want but then again, I can't say my own body has either. I have never been able to have full trust in anything for this reason alone so if someone is willing to try, I can't really have any objection to it now can I?
I've considered that. Except... I don't know. Knowing my children would be walking around without me ever meeting them... I'm too much of a sap to be able to go through with that. I'd want to go kidnap them all and live in one big house together ^^; Though if its after I'm dead... I dunno... @___@;
Ahahahahaha! You would know when you meet them. That's the significant part of a woman's life when she has the role of mommy. The feelings are justified. <3

nannyogg
12-27-2010, 08:28 PM
Not in Québec, whether it's the Health Insurance card or my Driver's License, I was never asked that.

Ah darn, I forgot you're in Canada. I guess let your family know, so if they get called on to make decisions about you in an emergency, they'll know?

BsWN
12-27-2010, 08:33 PM
I thought this way for a while. I am me. My flesh is not to be considered mine. My legacy is my name and nothing more. The things I accomplish, the people fond of me, the lives I change, they all mean nothing and hold no true value on their own.

Then I thought of it this way: If someone were to use my remains to benefit another life, that would significantly raise the value of my death. My family is full of health problems but me and my grandfather are the rare unicorns that have managed to avoid horrible diseases. If I die and part myself out to allow another to live, then that would be my final task on this Earth. Sure they might not always do things with their life that I would want but then again, I can't say my own body has either. I have never been able to have full trust in anything for this reason alone so if someone is willing to try, I can't really have any objection to it now can I?

Um, yeah, that kind of logic doesn't work >.< I happen to be a little too... lacking in motivation and dare I say that kind of faith.

Flora88
12-27-2010, 09:19 PM
I'm a donor! :D

Shana05
12-27-2010, 10:20 PM
My driver's license lists me as an organ donor. I didn't really give it much thought. I was just renewing my license and my dad suggested I do it so I did.

squ33k t0y
12-27-2010, 10:34 PM
I think people who do this are wonderful.

I would do it, but I worry about how my family/close friends would feel about it. I don't know if they'd like the idea of someone with my organs. My mother wouldn't mind, I know. She's an organ donor.

I may just go ahead and make myself an organ donor next time I renew my license though..

Yui
12-28-2010, 12:43 AM
I've considered that. Except... I don't know....

This is actually one thing I don't understand why people donate them when they're worth *tons* of money. Like in the $10,000+ range. You do have to be under 25, though - and also have no major diseases on either side of the family back to great-grandparents. You additionally have to take very extensive surveys, not simply dealing with physical health, but also for pschological stability. (Apparently, people are much more picky when they are making kids from scratch rather than adopting those who are already born.) You also have to be able to drop everything to come out for the surgery wherever the prospective parents are - because the shelf life on those suckers is very short. Also, the extraction procedure is kinda traumatic.
Well. That's why they're worth so much, since it's so much effort - and for safety reasons, I believe it can only be done once or twice. However, you do in most cases meet with the parents and you can choose to keep in touch with them if you all agree to.

Axelai
12-28-2010, 01:01 AM
Ahahahahaha! You would know when you meet them. That's the significant part of a woman's life when she has the role of mommy. The feelings are justified. <3

*has crazy amounts of maternal instinct* ;-;

This is actually one thing I don't understand why people donate them when they're worth *tons* of money. Like in the $10,000+ range. You do have to be under 25, though - and also have no major diseases on either side of the family back to great-grandparents. You additionally have to take very extensive surveys, not simply dealing with physical health, but also for pschological stability. (Apparently, people are much more picky when they are making kids from scratch rather than adopting those who are already born.) You also have to be able to drop everything to come out for the surgery wherever the prospective parents are - because the shelf life on those suckers is very short. Also, the extraction procedure is kinda traumatic.
Well. That's why they're worth so much, since it's so much effort - and for safety reasons, I believe it can only be done once or twice. However, you do in most cases meet with the parents and you can choose to keep in touch with them if you all agree to.

Even if i were to sell them... i don't know. I don't think i could handle my children not being raised by myself, etc. I'm such a mom. I've pretty much raised two children already (my younger cousin as well as a friend whose parents abandoned him pretty much). Its given me such a maternal instinct... i wouldn't be able to stand my own children not being with me, ya know?

If the new parents told me i couldn't meet the child... i'd probably suffer a mental breakdown, haha...

DireKitty
12-28-2010, 07:16 AM
Ah darn, I forgot you're in Canada. I guess let your family know, so if they get called on to make decisions about you in an emergency, they'll know?

In Ontario you just check a box when you get your health card renewed.... which I've done.

shadowbeam
12-28-2010, 07:50 PM
I donate blood and am down to donate organs, wasn't a very difficult decision for me at all tbh, for a lot of reasons already said ^^

Bit of a shame over here you can't donate blood if you are a gay man, or have had sex with a man who has had sex with another man at some point. UK is pretty forward with just about everything....except this o_0

Kell-chan
12-29-2010, 01:37 AM
Yeah, I've asked about health issues. I'm planning on donating my body to science, but in the meantime, it sucks not even being able to donate BLOOD when I'd like to. Equally weird trying to explain it to someone if they ask.

Oh well. At least my healthy-ass sister donates blood all the time. I'm so proud. ^_^

Axelai
12-29-2010, 01:41 AM
Bah. I'm not allowed to donate blood. Despite the rules being that only gay MEN can't give blood, the fact i respond yes to the gay sex question usually gets me rejected. *shrugs* Their loss.

Pocketfightr
12-29-2010, 09:31 AM
I wasn't able to donate blood due to the time period I was in Germany. The air force base was getting beef from England during a time in which there was mad cow disease going around. It can lay dormant in your blood for up to 20 years. (I just looked this bit up... I knew it was a very long time. I guess technically I should be safe by now...)

Those talking about rich people taking their organs make me think of a Monty Python sketch in which they knock on a guy's door and try to take his organs because he's a donor. I can't help but think of the guy protesting that he's still using them. :P

Chipface
12-29-2010, 01:28 PM
I've had a donor card since 2003. I figured if I have no chance at survival I might as well use my organs to help others. When my cousin died a few years ago, her parents decided to donate her organs which in turn saved the lives of four other children.

shadowbeam
12-29-2010, 01:50 PM
Bah. I'm not allowed to donate blood. Despite the rules being that only gay MEN can't give blood, the fact i respond yes to the gay sex question usually gets me rejected. *shrugs* Their loss.

That's a shame, over here it's only if you are a man and have had sex with another man, or if you are a woman and have had sex with a man who has had sex with a man, unless thats the case for you ofc. Women who have had sex with other women isn't a problem here, which is good for me too lol

Axelai
12-29-2010, 02:29 PM
That's a shame, over here it's only if you are a man and have had sex with another man, or if you are a woman and have had sex with a man who has had sex with a man, unless thats the case for you ofc. Women who have had sex with other women isn't a problem here, which is good for me too lol

Well, its not SUPPOSED to be a problem here, but they deny me juuuust in case :'|

PeaceOfMind
12-29-2010, 09:25 PM
I donated blood for the first time recently at my college. (My mom is very weird about donating blood and organs for some reason) Apparently I'm very good at bleeding and have nice veins. xD

I'm also an organ donor. Hell, if something happens, I'm not going to be using them.

Tigress
12-30-2010, 01:17 AM
I donated blood for the first time recently at my college. (My mom is very weird about donating blood and organs for some reason) Apparently I'm very good at bleeding and have nice veins. xD

I'm also an organ donor. Hell, if something happens, I'm not going to be using them.

The nurses never have trouble finding my veins. I'm very pale, so my veins are clearly visible on my inner forearms. And I bleed out my pint in just 10 minutes. I just can't see the needle. Otherwise, I'll feel really sick. (I have a huge needle phobia and will only willingly take a needle in my arm when I'm donating blood or there's no other choice to take a medication.)

As for male homosexuals being unable to donate blood, this is a holdover from the AIDS scare in the early '80s (http://www.thebody.com/content/art13321.html). While blood testing has improved significantly in the past 30 years, the FDA has decided to take a "better safe than sorry" approach to gays donating.

jounink
12-30-2010, 01:27 PM
I was thinking about donating my entire body to science or something (im already an organ doner). I don't care about being buried/ cremated...might as well be of use after i'm gone too. Either way, i'll still be a memory.

Shana05
01-01-2011, 09:03 PM
On blood donation, I tried to donate once but my veins are so small and I didn't bleed enough in the time limit. Too bad as they often call my dad for donations and we have the same blood type, B+.

Kelley
01-02-2011, 04:19 AM
I can't donate blood - I'm under the weight limit (amongst other concerns).

I'm on the organ donor registry for my state. They never sent me a sticker for my license, though, so I hope their web-application actually worked. It wasn't even a question for me.

Akemi Idane
01-03-2011, 07:33 PM
I'm an organ donor, but I don't donate blood because while I have lovely huge-ass veins, my dad only donated blood once and passed out for a dangerously long time. Better safe than sorry. :/
But both my parents are donors, and I didn't need to think about it really.

Shifty Llama
01-03-2011, 07:36 PM
I have donated and continue to donate blood and have an organ donor card. Sadly it seems like i always catch colds or something before an appointment and am unable to donate and I am always bumed about it.

sicdedman
02-09-2011, 11:56 AM
I am on the Donors list (Dot on Drivers License) that way if i die anyone can have my organs. i have never donated blood before. also as for if someone came up to me and asked if they can have a organ ect. if it ment saving the life of another i would do it in a second. (Life is Very Precious)

UsakoLuna
02-09-2011, 12:07 PM
I am an organ donor, on the marrow registry and would donate blood if I could pass the stupid iron test. (I'm borderline anemic much of the time). I dont need my organs when I'm dead. I don't even want to be embalmed, I'd rather be buried in a way that would let my body decompose like it's meant to, not sit in a box for years.

Ive donated blood twice, even though they can never find my veins (they roll)

Mangochutney
02-09-2011, 12:13 PM
I've got my 3-gallon blood donor pin, though I really don't donate as often as I could and that makes me feel bad. I've got plenty, it's a nice common type, totally healthy. No need to hoard it, I figure.

As for the organs, I've been a donor for as long as I've had the legal authority to do so. Anybody who's in dire enough straits to go through what it takes to get on an organ transplant waiting list and then stick it out until they're the top name on that list...badasses, every one. The thought just makes me cringe. ALL of those people deserve my organs once I'm done with them.

Amanita
02-10-2011, 12:39 PM
I guess I'm gonna get flamed, but I may as well be honest. The thought of my body being cut on after I'm dead horrifies me. When I die, I want my body taken out and buried as quickly as humanly possible afterward. Nothing put in, nothing taken out, which also means no embalming. I don't want somebody slathering makeup over me to make me look all "peaceful" or whatever. I don't want my blood and bodily fluids sucked out and replaced with goddess knows what sort of chemicals. I don't want my body cut on or defiled in any way, shape, or form. I don't want it displayed either, so no open casket funerals or viewings. Just take it out and return it to the earth.

But by the time I pass on, I'm hoping medical science will have advanced to the point where cadever organ transplants won't be neccessary anymore.

Donate eggs? Fuck that. One, I'm adopted, so I couldn't provide the history needed. Two, I'm too old-31. And why the hell should I put myself through invasive and risky procedures, to make a baby, when there are so many children already here, in need of adoption?

Now, I am open to blood donation. Havn't done it yet, but would be willing to.

rubyspitfire
02-10-2011, 12:53 PM
i'm anemic and can't donate blood, and i have too much family history of health problems to risk passing them on to someone else. i also just found out that i have a high chance of developing a certain type of cancer, but that's unconfirmed. going to the doc as soon as i get my tax return, because those tests aren't cheap and i don't trust places like the health department anymore :(

CodeShogun
02-10-2011, 12:56 PM
I'm an organ donor because I believe that people may need my organs once I'm no longer living. My mother was kinda weirded by it but it's my decision and I'm pretty secure with it.

Plus, I'd be rather have my body cremated after I'm gone anyway.

I try to donate my blood as much as I can because I want to help out the other people.

IAmShorty
02-10-2011, 12:59 PM
As soon as I get my license, Im going to put down 'organ donor'.
Heck, Im not gonna need my insides, someone else will, and I'll be dead anyways, so why not.
Besides, if I keep them, the wormies'll just eat them. So when Im dead with no insides I can go "Ha ha, Wormies! You dont get my organs!!!"

No one else in my family is a donor. My mom always thought that if you were in a car crash or something, then they wouldn't try to save you so they could take your organs. She always was a little paranoid. Since then, I've told her what really happens an now she's considering being a donor.

I'd like to donate blood. Needles scare me half to death O_O but I think I'd like to anyway.

penny_dreadful
02-10-2011, 02:44 PM
My mother advised me not to put on my driver's license that I was a donor-- she said in some unscrupulous places, they will take organs before you are deceased if they can profit off of them or there are people looking for organs that can only be harvested usefully when you're still alive. I don't know how true that is, but in any case it's not on my license, but my family knows I am willing to give up whatever I have once I go. In the meantime I'd probably give a kidney or something like that to a loved one if we were a match.

I donate blood whenever I can, but because NYS doesn't regulate tattooing/piercing, you're ineligible if you've gotten ink within the last year. That means there are usually only brief windows where I can give. I even donated at Dragon*Con last year! I've tried to do the plasmapheresis, but my hemoglobin has been a little too low every time I attempted to donate. :(

We're also planning on donating our baby's cord blood once he or she is born. There are some people who bank cord blood as a precautionary measure, but it's quite expensive and we figure if it's ever needed, we will hope we can use a donation from some other generous-hearted family.

ETA: Obviously not organs, but I know a lot of people who donate hair to Locks of Love. Not to discourage you if you're planning on cutting off a lot of hair, anyway, but I've since discovered that your hair probably will not wind up on a wig for kids with cancer. It takes such a tremendous volume of hair to create a wig, and they'd have to spend so much time matching up appropriate hair, etc., that the bulk of the donated hair gets sold and the profits are then used on the wigs. It's still a good cause, but a little misleading if you think your precious, flowing locks will be adorning the scalp of a needy child. Might as well just send them money.

pltshp
02-10-2011, 02:54 PM
Yeah, I'm an organ donor. Signed up a few months back. My mum doesn't know yet but what I want to do with my body when I've kicked the bucket is my decision anyway, haha. I think the only thing I've said I won't donate are my eyes because that just creeps me out and disgusts me to no end, haha.

Amanita
02-10-2011, 02:56 PM
^Yeah, that's why I won't donate hair to Locks of Love. I have heard some real horror stories- people with long hair being badgered by total strangers that they should cut their hair to donate, and if they don't want to donate, then they must be selfish, and so on. Like the long-haired one is so cruel for not wanting to drastically alter their appearance by cutting off part of themselves!

penny_dreadful
02-10-2011, 03:51 PM
^Yeah, that's why I won't donate hair to Locks of Love. I have heard some real horror stories- people with long hair being badgered by total strangers that they should cut their hair to donate, and if they don't want to donate, then they must be selfish, and so on. Like the long-haired one is so cruel for not wanting to drastically alter their appearance by cutting off part of themselves!

Frankly if people do or do not choose to donate ANYTHING, it's not anyone else's business. Giving feels great, altruism is wonderful, but truly good people won't be smug or judgmental of others who are seemingly not as selfless as they are.

Eau de Decus
02-10-2011, 04:31 PM
I just applied for my new license since mine expires this April. I finally applied to become an organ donor with the application they sent me. Yay! :3

sam vimes
02-10-2011, 04:42 PM
^Yeah, that's why I won't donate hair to Locks of Love. I have heard some real horror stories- people with long hair being badgered by total strangers that they should cut their hair to donate, and if they don't want to donate, then they must be selfish, and so on. Like the long-haired one is so cruel for not wanting to drastically alter their appearance by cutting off part of themselves!

It's hair. It grows back.

I've yet to donate blood. :/ I'll get around to it eventually.

penny_dreadful
02-10-2011, 04:58 PM
It's hair. It grows back.

Yeah, it grows back, but sometimes it takes a few years to grow it out. I spent two years getting it this length, and it won't get any longer than it is now. And I'd have to cut off so much to make the minimum amount that my hair would be REALLY short, and I look like crap with really short hair. So if they're not actually going to put your hair in a wig anyway, they're just going to sell it, why not give the charity a few bucks and keep your luscious tresses?

Amanita
02-10-2011, 06:49 PM
^EXACTLY! I would sooner be bald then go back to short hair. With my long hair, I can pretty much wash and go, I don't do elaborate styles. But with short hair, I always had to fight with it to make it look right- given the natural wave of my hair, the ends flip outwards around my jawline when it's short like that, and it makes me look like an airhead. No thanks! But with more length, that ceases to be an issue. I didn't like fooling around with curling irons, blowdriers, or product, so I grew my hair out again.

Yes, it grows back. But it's a part of me, and it's mine! Why should I be guilted or shamed for not cutting it off to give away? I'm not a fan of Locks of Love, because they lead people to believe that their hair is going to go to some poor kid, when that's hardly ever the case. As has been said, most of the donated hair is sold, so just cut out the middleman and give them cash if you want to help out.

RoninEclipse2G
02-10-2011, 06:49 PM
Unfortunately I can't donate blood or organs. When I was a kid we moved around to other countries and because of latent diseases and the medications to supress them I can never donate. I could literally kill someone by donating T_T

As far as hair goes, I have donated my hair when I was forced to cut it for a job years ago. I don't think I'd cut it now just to donate it, I love my long hair.

penny_dreadful
02-10-2011, 06:58 PM
^EXACTLY! I would sooner be bald then go back to short hair. With my long hair, I can pretty much wash and go, I don't do elaborate styles. But with short hair, I always had to fight with it to make it look right- given the natural wave of my hair, the ends flip outwards around my jawline when it's short like that, and it makes me look like an airhead. No thanks! But with more length, that ceases to be an issue. I didn't like fooling around with curling irons, blowdriers, or product, so I grew my hair out again.

Yes, it grows back. But it's a part of me, and it's mine! Why should I be guilted or shamed for not cutting it off to give away? I'm not a fan of Locks of Love, because they lead people to believe that their hair is going to go to some poor kid, when that's hardly ever the case. As has been said, most of the donated hair is sold, so just cut out the middleman and give them cash if you want to help out.

Urgh, I have similar problems. My hair is difficult no matter what since it's a) fine b) wavy c) full of cowlicks d) desperately trying to not be on my head at all times. I'm just not suited to short hair, though, because it actually gets harder to deal with. I DO like styling it, although I hardly ever have the patience or time, and my hair isn't nearly as versatile when it's short. I do plan on cutting off quite a few inches next week, mostly because I'm ready for a change, partly because when you're pregnant you tend not to lose as much hair so it seems way thicker than normal, and this has rendered it MORE unmanageable. It's also oilier, which I didn't think was humanly possible. But I'm tired of fighting massive snags out each morning so I'm cutting it to shoulder length and hoping my stylist respects my distrust of products and utter lack of styling skills. I used to work at this same salon, and my inability to wield a hairdryer was a constant source of mockery.

/offtopic

sam vimes
02-10-2011, 07:05 PM
^EXACTLY! I would sooner be bald then go back to short hair. With my long hair, I can pretty much wash and go, I don't do elaborate styles. But with short hair, I always had to fight with it to make it look right- given the natural wave of my hair, the ends flip outwards around my jawline when it's short like that, and it makes me look like an airhead. No thanks! But with more length, that ceases to be an issue. I didn't like fooling around with curling irons, blowdriers, or product, so I grew my hair out again.

Yes, it grows back. But it's a part of me, and it's mine! Why should I be guilted or shamed for not cutting it off to give away? I'm not a fan of Locks of Love, because they lead people to believe that their hair is going to go to some poor kid, when that's hardly ever the case. As has been said, most of the donated hair is sold, so just cut out the middleman and give them cash if you want to help out.

So go bald.

DarkFujin
02-10-2011, 07:10 PM
I'm signed up as an organ donor and marrow donor. I donate blood ALL the time as well when I'm able to (lately I haven't had enough iron in my blood to do so). I've never donated my hair though, just because I never let my hair get long enough to donate!

penny_dreadful
02-10-2011, 07:54 PM
So go bald.

We don't all look as sharp as you with our heads shaved. And one only has room for so many wigs, AS YOU KEEP INSISTING DESPITE MY CONSTANT PROTESTS TO THE CONTRARY.

Fabulousity
02-10-2011, 11:21 PM
I don't know how I got this, but when I first saw this title I thought it said "Have you ever considered world domination" >.>

rubyspitfire
02-10-2011, 11:56 PM
I don't know how I got this, but when I first saw this title I thought it said "Have you ever considered world domination" >.>

why yes! i have indeed... but it's too much work

Tigress
02-11-2011, 05:33 AM
Besides, if I keep them, the wormies'll just eat them. So when Im dead with no insides I can go "Ha ha, Wormies! You dont get my organs!!!"

I approve of this sentiment.

My mother advised me not to put on my driver's license that I was a donor-- she said in some unscrupulous places, they will take organs before you are deceased if they can profit off of them or there are people looking for organs that can only be harvested usefully when you're still alive.

Anyone that thinks this is watching too many movies. The reason people wait so long on the donor list for organs is because it is REALLY difficult to get the organs. It's not like changing out a busted car part for a new one.

- You have to match the blood and tissue types as closely as possible. Otherwise, the recipient's immune system will attack the new organ, thinking it's a foreign invader. (That's why so many organs like kidneys, lungs and livers come from blood relatives.)

- Even if the organ donor is the recipient's exact twin, the recipient still has to take immuno-suppressants, because the immune system may attack the new organ anyway.

- There is a very limited window in which harvested organs are still usable. They have to be carefully removed, stored properly, rushed over to the recipient before the organ dies, and carefully put in the recipient. That's why donors are usually accident victims with severe head trauma or people that are already brain dead.

- Anything that a surgeon does to "hasten" the death of a donor has two problems: It could very well damage the organs that s/he's after because of the lethal drugs used or the sudden lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. And it's considered SERIOUS malpractice and homicide. If a doctor doesn't do everything s/he can to save your life, s/he faces getting his/her license to practice yanked, criminal charges and very expensive lawsuits. Expensive enough that it would probably eat up whatever profit was made from selling your organs.

- Think of how expensive a legit organ transplant is. Now think of how expensive it would be if the organ was obtained through unscrupulous means. Yeah, not happening.

Amanita
02-11-2011, 11:37 AM
Sam, are you being sarcastic or trying to be funny? If not, then just what is with the snark towards those of us who *gasp!* actually want to keep our hair the way it is, without meddling strangers badgering us?

If I went bald, I am sure I would get mistaken for a Buddhist monk or similar, given the asian clothing styles I like to wear. Heck, I've already had people think I was a nun when I had my Jedi robes on, for real!

Formalhaut
02-11-2011, 12:22 PM
I already have. Ive donated a lobar lung, and have the scar on my chest to prove it.

penny_dreadful
02-11-2011, 01:02 PM
Amanita, he's got a long-haired wife, so he better FRICKING be joking. Otherwise Ms. Dreadful is going to beat his ass.

Tigress, good points all. I know that's the reality of it, but I guess I inherit some measure of irrational paranoia from my mother.

UsakoLuna
02-11-2011, 01:50 PM
I've donated my hair twice (about 17" each time). I dont plan on doing it again for a while. I like my long hair (it's about to my shoulder blades when it's wet, a little shorter when dry because it's wavy). When I donated it it was to my waist, which is how long i want it again.

At work the other day a co-worker asked me if I was going to donate my hair again. When I told her no, she told me I was being selfish! I'm sorry, I've given locks of love almost 3 feet of hair, I think I'm allowed to keep it now.