Organ Donation Called Ultimate Gift of Compassion
TUESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2015
To mark the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, NJ Sharing Network is reminding the public that most religions, including Catholicism, support organ and tissue donation. Pope Francis described the act of organ donation as “a testimony of love for our neighbor” when he met with the Transplant Committee for the Council of Europe, which gathered in Rome last year.
“As Pope Francis travels in the United States, we want to spread his poignant words about organ donation. At NJ Sharing Network, we know that donation is a generous, life-saving gift. We are grateful that Pope Francis has spoken so positively about the gift of life,” said Joe Roth, President and Chief Executive Officer of NJ Sharing Network.
Pope Francis is not the first pope to speak in favor of donation. Pope John Paul II said, “The Catholic Church is clear that, in itself organ donation is a good and meritorious thing. It’s a powerful expression of human solidarity. Such actions can help build a culture of life, a culture in which life is cherished.”
Not only does the Church accept organ, eye and tissue donation, it also recognizes donation as a great act of charity and love. Pope John Paul II also said, “The Catholic Church promotes the fact that there is a need for organ donors and that Christians should accept this as a challenge to their generosity and fraternal love. One of the most powerful ways for individuals to demonstrate love for their neighbor is by making the informed decision to be an organ donor.”
Nearly 5,000 people in New Jersey are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. This miraculous task of providing life-saving organ transplants to the men, women and children on the transplant waiting list would not be possible without the selfless decision of those who register as organ and tissue donors. Registering as a donor makes a strong statement about the kind of person you are and want to be and relieves your family from the burden of having to make the decision for you during a time of trauma and loss. One organ and tissue donor can save and heal the lives of more than 50 people – a life-changing gift to the recipients, their family members and the community on a whole.
Registering as an organ and tissue donor shows an individual’s compassion for others, and can change lives forever.
You too can save lives. In honor of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States this September, register as an organ and tissue donor today
Strong words, from our Pope.
When you have a bad tooth ache or are in pain from your wisdom teeth, you are recommended to see an Oral Surgeon. You say OK. Now you call the office, you’re in pain (nothing is more painful than a tooth ache) and they say to you “the dr. can see you in 3 weeks for a consult first”. Your first thought is “are you kidding me, 3 weeks!!!!!”
Now the search continues, you call other offices and they say the same thing. I get it, they are busy, but how is a person to live and go on with their daily lives with that kind of pain. Impossible.
A good friend of Lauren’s is going though that right now. We can relate to her, because when Lauren was having pain with her wisdom teeth, she had to wait almost a month before they would see her. Even with her transplant team from Boston calling, nothing sooner.
In this day and time, when a person needs medical care, especially for mouth pain, it should be addressed. Any comments on this subject ?????????
Friendships……we all have them. Some are close and some are distant. Some are family members and some are people you haven never met face to face.
When I think of all the friends I have, my mind thinks of everyone I care about. I am blessed to be able to say that my husband IS my best friend.
I have 2 girlfriends that I have been friends with for over a decade. We may not talk everyday or even for weeks, but I know they are there for me and I will always be there for them, no matter what.
My daughter, Lauren calls me her best friend. We have been through much together. Not only mother daughter stuff, but just hanging out together. I feel we have a very special relationship.
Then I have special neighbors I call friends. Again, I can say I am very blessed to live in the best neighborhood in the world.
And now I have many new friends, that I have met writing this blog. I can honestly say I know people all over the world.
When I meet someone who has gone through some life experiences similar to mine, there is a bond we share. Then a friendship begins.
In writing this post, I would like to say, it really made me stop many times to think of everyone I love, family and friends. I would not be the person I am today without them.
Much Love, Lynne
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I guess my audience is you if you are reading this. I would like to send a heart-felt “thank you”for following my blog.
Today’s post is about organ donor’s and their families. One in particular, Lauren’s heart donor.
When Lauren was placed on the heart transplant list, I knew that someone had to die for my daughter to live. It took me a long time to comprehend this thought. As days turned into weeks, than months of living in the hospital waiting, I had a lot of talks with the Dear Lord. My daughter was getting sicker and sicker, and all I kept thinking was maybe today. Now, here I am, praying Lauren would receive a heart, in the back of my mind out of all the deaths every day, please be Lauren’s match.
To this date we still have no idea who Lauren’s donor was. The picture above, I believe could be her. The only thing the doctors would tell us was “if you just had a baby, the baby would be wearing pink”. So we know it was a female.
To all the families out there that have lost a loved one, and they were an organ donor. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Please take a little comfort in knowing that they saved others. Also with respect, as a mother of a child who is an organ recipient we know it is your choice to be known to the other family.
This song is dedicated to all the organ donors
With much Love Lynne