I wanted to share this listener email with you.
I heard about the blood drive while I was driving today to have lunch with a friend. An ordinary thing for most people- but it has been a year since I have been able to do it. At this time last year, I thought I had caught a bug-I was usually pretty healthy. By Christmas day I was writhing in pain.
My platelet count was at 3,000- it is supposed to be anywhere from 150,000- 400,000. I was diagnosed with Leukemia and needed platelets and blood and eventually a bone marrow transplant.
I was always a donor of both platelets and blood and was registered as a donor on the bone marrow registry. I never really thought it was a big deal- heck, my body can make more. But being the recipient changes your perspective.
I wanted to call in to the station but knew I wouldn't be able to without crying. So I am asking if you could do me a favor. Please thank all the amazing people who take the time to donate blood from me. They are literally saving lives. I would not be alive without the many transfusions. My seven-year-old son would not have a mom.
I am so blessed to be alive and in remission- all from the kindness of strangers giving their blood!
You can find out more about the KDKB holiday blood drive for next week by using the keyword blood on our homepage. Please think about rolling up your sleeves and giving the gift of life. Happy holiday.