TEEN BEAT: Donating blood

Teen Beat | Grace Fowler

I constantly receive emails that I usually don’t even open before I delete. Things about random sales, usually, that don’t have any relevance to me. Good thing I happened to open this particular one before I deleted it.

It was an email about an upcoming blood drive. I love giving blood. Sure, it’s not always the most comfortable thing to have a big needle poked into your arm but it makes you feel like a good person because you might have just helped save someone’s life.

I decided to make an appointment at this particular blood drive. I had to wait a while before I could donate blood again after traveling to India. However, I waited a year so I wanted to try again. One time I was unable to donate because my iron was too low and another time something else came up but I always like to give it a shot.

I am a strong believer in doing things that scare you and push you to the edge of your comfort zone. If we start to live only within the boundaries of what we consider “safe”, that makes for a predictable and somewhat boring life. And plus, doing these kinds of things that push the envelope usually lead to really cool stories to tell later.

I first became interested in donating blood when I saw an advertisement for a blood drive at my high school in Colorado. It usually takes about an hour and it is pretty simple. I only have to take a small amount of time out of my day to make a big difference.

I used to get really mad when the nurse would tell me that for whatever reason I was unable to donate that day. But I am trying to think in a more positive light. On the days that I am planning to give blood I try to eat especially healthy and drink my weight in water. And do any of these things hurt to do on a regular basis? No. So, if I am unable to donate blood I should look on the bright side and think how healthy I was that day and how hydrated I became.

I know how important it is because I did a report on it in school. I was astounded by how much is needed across the country every day. And your body is able to regenerate what you give so quickly that you hardly even know you lost any.

Donating blood is just something I am really drawn to and I feel like I have done my good deed for the day. So search the web for your local drives coming up and give it a shot.

 Grace Fowler is a recent Greenville High School graduate and soon-to-be Hope College freshman. She can be reached at gfowler@staffordgroup.com.

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