Organ Donation – Is it Right for You?

The time comes for you to register to vote, or get your very first driver’s license, or perhaps just renew your driver’s license and someone asks you the question, “Do you want to be an organ donor?” Suddenly, you’re stuck and you’ve just been forced to face your own mortality. You haven’t really given it any thought before, so you say the first thing that comes to mind. A quick “no” or “yes” and it’s done – Right? Wrong! At we are more than a cash advance and payday loan company. We want you to make smart decisions in all manner of life. So we’ve gathered the following information on organ donation that you should know so that you can make an educated decision on one of the most important questions you may ever be asked.

No one likes to face death, but like taxes, it’s inevitable. So let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you may not want to be a donor. First, you may have a religious beliefs, familial concerns or illness which may prevent you from being a donor. If you would like to be donor, you may wish to speak to someone at your place of worship, your family and your doctor to see if the possibility exists for you to make such a donation. There are also several myths surrounding organ donation that you may find difficult to move beyond. The final decision, however, is yours so taking the time to understand all you can on the subject is important for both you and members of your family.

Organ donation has far reaching effects. While most people believe that organ donation means just exactly that – organs only – the truth is that much more can be donated. The idea of organ donation is to save, improve and/or prolong the life of a person in need. In fact, even hair can be donated to make a wig for a patient who has lost theirs in the treatment of cancers.

Reasons to be a Donor

Organ Donation is the ultimate gift you can offer. The simple fact is that one organ and tissue donor can save at least 10 lives and drastically improve the life of dozens more. Because of each of these, and when you include their loved ones who have been worried, praying and caring for the sick and dying. Your gift has the potential of reaching hundreds, if not thousands of lives.
Someone will be able to love their family with a whole and healthy heart, two patients can be removed from a kidney dialysis machine, two patients will no longer suffer the effects of liver failure, two patients will have hearing again, two more will be able to see, burn victims can have skin graphs and be able to face the world. The list goes on and on. The adage “you can’t take it with you” does not apply in this case. You can take it all with you, and for what purpose?

Organ Donation and Your Family

While you’ve made your personal choice about organ donation, it’s important to have a conversation with your family on the matter before any emergency or illness can occur. Should the time come when your family is asked about donating your organs and tissue, it’s important that they have a clear understanding of your wishes and beliefs.

Your Wishes

It’s important to understand that your wishes are important when it comes to organ donation. You may choose not to donate organs or tissue – and there is absolutely nothing wrong in your choice – or you can choose to make a limited donation. See your organ donation card when you sign up, or you can create a notarized document dealing your wish to donate all or a limited amount or type of organ or tissue. There is choice and your wishes are paramount.

Dispelling the Myths

There are some myths that surround organ donation. Let’s see if we can dispel some here.

  • Myth 1 – Doctors won’t try to save your life if you’re a donor: A doctor has the professional, moral, legal and ethical responsibility to “first do no harm”, in not working to save your life to the absolute best of their ability, they are doing harm. It is only after doctors have done all within their power to save a life and death is either imminent or has already occurred that they will bring in a transplant team.
  • Myth 2 – The rich are the first to receive donations: Donations of organs and tissues are given to patients based on tissue and blood typing, medical urgency, organ size, waiting time and geographic proximity to the donor. Those who choose which patients receive which organ and have no access to the financial information or recipients.
  • Myth 3 – Donating will cost money and leave debt for my loved ones: There is absolutely no cost incurred by the donor’s family or estate for making the ultimate donation. All costs are paid for by the recipient of your gifts.
  • Myth 4 – My body will be disfigured if I donate organs and prevent an open casket: Organ donation is a surgical procedure and all incisions will be closed. There is no reason why there couldn’t be an open casket at your funeral if you wish it to be so.

In the end, making the decision to become an organ donor is completely up to you with no right or wrong answer. The important thing is to educate yourself on the subject and have an open, honest and frank discussions with your loved ones about your wishes. While you’re having the discussion, it’s good to find out what your loved ones wishes are for themselves as well.

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