I finally did something I've been saying I was going to do for years now. No, I didn't start my own 70's style variety show, but don't worry that's still on the back burner. I officially became an organ donor. I think it's something that you need to resolve with yourself internally before you can actually do it. I think for a lot of people there is an initial gut reaction to not do it. Thinking about your own mortality is hard enough, but then thinking about body parts being removed and scattered around is well, unsettling. Once you get past the fact that that's OK (because you're, you know, dead and all) you can think about it more rationally. So as I was renewing my truck registration online, I clicked the link to organ donation and signed up. I'm pretty sure most states offer this via their Motor Vehicle Departments. And really, what better place to troll around for body parts than MVD? If they're not picking up organs off the freeway they're at least sucking out your will to live while you wait in those damn lines. "Now calling A-34". Crap I'm J-51. Just pluck out my spleen and we'll call it even.
I don't have any religious convictions that would stop me from doing it (mostly because I don't have any religious convictions to begin with) so I didn't need to wrestle with that. I know for some people that's a consideration but after my 20's (OK and 30's) I'm sure my liver isn't going to be allowed into heaven anyway. I just keep thinking about the people I could potentially help. Corneal transplants can actually restore sight to blind people. That to me is amazing. Could you imagine living your whole life without sight, and then waking up after what I found out is outpatient surgery and suddenly being able to see? It must be what Lindsey Lohan feels like when she gets out of rehab. The idea that your heart can keep beating or your lungs can still take breath and keep someone else alive once you're gone is incredible.
Now that I'm a parent, I worry about not being around for my child. If I had a chance to receive a gift like this from someone which allowed me to live and watch my baby grow, to just be there for her, I'd be eternally grateful. I can't think of anything greater you could give another person. Backstage passes to Cher come close...
Oh the best part--after they remove whatever they're taking, they do reconstructive work so you look fabulous in the coffin. I've specified they can have my organs in exchange for killer cheekbones. Imma look fierce in that casket!
To learn more about organ donation, check it out at Donate Life.
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