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Donation of Human Blood----Some people in my family think that I shouldn't donate blood and

7 Answers
Shouldn't encourage others to do this. Are they being selfish? This is my personal way of giving part of myself, just like my mother did.
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What a sad story. The family member who couldn't donate blood must be carrying a lot of guilt around with him all these years---and he is spending his energy convincing other people in the family that donating blood is bad, instead of admitting and accepting his own inability to be helpful in a serious situation. (And forgiving himself.) He's distorting the reality (that blood donation is good) to be able to convince himself that he didn't do anything wrong.

And he's able, somehow, to convince other people of this, too....wow.

Some things are not worth fighting about---this is irrational (in my opinion).

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I agree with all the other posts. Giving blood donations are your own business. It's a charity everyone does if they are able. I cannot donate as much as I would like because I am diabetic but I encourage others to do so and even have volunteered in the process of rallying people together when the office has a charity rally twice a year. Turn out is always tremendous and people receiving it are always thankful for this to even be possible.
What is the defining reason your family thinks donating blood is bad? I know one thing, no matter how much blood you donate, you will not be without it. It is replaced by your own body when it recognizes a loss, no matter how it is lost or taken. As for diseases, they should talk to a blood donation center. If that is a useless idea to them and not worth the efforts to understand, then don't bother. It's not worht the energy to fight ignorance.
It's your body, your life and you know the facts. You have free will. You also have a caring heart for wanting to do such a charitable thing.
Oh, and remind them that there might come a day when they will need blood and no one in your family gave but you. I would just grin a wide grin when that happens. ;D
Good luck.

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Girlia41 I know that it hasn't anything to do with religion or Christianity. Many years ago because of a sports accident, we were able to save one of our young members,age 17 because of the donation of blood from the family. Of course, the family member who was too drunk, wasn't able to participate and now has an extremely negative attitude.

Now almost a decade later, he has a small following of young family members who believe that this is one way to get HIV. I have quit trying to reason/or encourage them to be blood donors.

In my opinion, "Blood is not thicker than water in a few cases such as this one." In my older years, I just don't have the fight in me for family members.

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The way I think about it is that if I were in a life threatening position then I'd be very thankful for the blood someone else donated - therefore I can give the same to someone else in need by donating my blood - it's my personal choice and no one has the right to tell me I am wrong!

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Your family must be strange, everyone gives blood, its very important for research and for surgical use.

Immagine if you needed blood after a car accident and there was none so all you could do is die. I'm happy you give blood as I do, and think its very important.

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Are they against the practice for religious reasons, or do they have some misinformation about the process?

Donating blood is an act of charity, you are literally giving of your self. I thank you!

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Metrot48 Everyone does not give blood, that is why we have monthly blood drives at my church. Out of thousands of people at my church, only about 100-300 will donate blood in any given month. Thanks.

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