This past weekend we received a letter that brought so many mixed emotions. It was the results from Intermountain Donor Services. I know we never thought much about being organ donors — just seemed to make sense to share what you can after you can’t use it anymore. Well, turns out it’s a pretty big deal.
After you died so suddenly and unexpectedly, I have been looking for any positives that can come from this experience. Anything to soften the blow and make it more “worth it” somehow, even though nothing can take away the pain or replace the void. It just feels like the more good that can come, the more we honor you.
After reading the letter, I felt like *everyone* should register as an organ donor! Here’s an excerpt from the letter that captures most of the essence and the summary of results:
Wow. Another mom got your heart! That is pretty amazing. I cried plenty over that and the others as well. Somehow it made me miss you even more and wish that something could have saved you. I also felt proud of you — for being a donor and for being so healthy. The nurses and doctors kept commenting on how strong your heart rate was and I know that with your healthy diet and exercise, these good people are getting some strong healthy organs. Pretty cool.
I am happy for the families that were blessed by this experience and I feel like it is life giving and life changing for them. I feel like you would want to share this to inspire others to do the same. The kids and I sure will.
PS — Learn more at Donate Life, where 121,000 people are waiting for an organ donation.