Organ Donation

Written by on July 18, 2007 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

This is usually something we don’t think about unless we’re renewing our driver’s license or are suddenly smacked in the face with the prospect of life or death for ourselves or loved ones. It’s amazing how such a simple thing as marking yes on your license for organ donation can mean so much to someone. Very rarely do we have such power to make such a tremendous difference with so little effort.

I remember being with someone who was adamantly against it to the point where not only would he not make this choice for himself, but let me know that if the situation arose he would not honor my own wishes about it for myself! Fortunately, that is no longer an issue.

The BlogCatalog Community is doing an organ donation campaign, and I applaud them for their efforts, but I want to take this time to, also, remember those whose wishes are not honored regarding organ donation. In my case, it was my wish to have my organs donated.

But in other cases, particularly in China, there are people who are denied the right to say no to organ donation. Political prisoners and those just executed become victims of organ harvesting.

I have heard of this atrocity for years from the Chinese dissidents I have met, and have read a number of articles and testimony, as well. I hope you will consider donating your organs, especially when you no longer need them to help another human being, although you can. also, consider becoming a living donor, if that’s right for you.

And while we’re exercising our right to make this decision, we might want to really contemplate what a blessing that is in itself. Because it’s not just about living, you know. It’s about living a life with empowerment, dignity, and compassion. For those who have that right to make choices, I hope we will not forget our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Anyone who can make a choice is not powerless. Sometimes it’s just as simple as clicking a box on your driver’s license. Sometimes it’s more intricate. But whatever we choose, may we not choose complacency.

For more information about organ donation in America, please go here: http://www.organdonor.gov

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .

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