By Joanna Martin
At my Presentation Secrets event in London last Friday, a lady called T Sandeman-Charles was in the audience. Unfortunately I never got to meet her personally as she had travelled two hours into London to attend and needed to get home for medication… but she spent some time with Jane Hafren, my BDM.
What I learned about T from Jane has really touched me and I want to share her story with you here today.
Until two years ago T had led a busy, normal life. She had been running her own business for ten years and become very successful in her field. In January 2010, the life she knew was changed in an instant.
Although Greg and I have registered, I understand that committing to registering as an organ donor is a very personal choice. But if you choose to register, you could make a huge difference to five families should your life tragically end.
I’d like to personally invite you to visit T’s website, read her story and take a few minutes today to consider whether you feel able to register as an organ donor.
If you already registered some time ago, your registration may no longer be valid so please do hop over here and check if you’re still classified as a registered donor.
As a registered donor you could save five lives on your death… hence the name of T’s campaign “Save5”.
If after reading T’s story, you make the decision to register as an organ donor… thank you. Please don’t forget to send T a message if you have registered as a result of reading this blog so she can add your name to her tally of new registrants… it is important that she can see the difference she is making so please do drop her a line if you have taken this step.
Death is taboo and very few people openly discuss what happens when you die… which in turn breeds fear around registering as an organ donor. It’s important to understand that registering does not automatically guarantee you will be able to donate your organs.
Statistically, you are far more likely to need a transplant yourself than ever becoming an actual donor.
You see, it is important that more people register so that those whose lives depend on a transplant have a chance of receiving one. We never know if the life of a loved one may suddenly depend on a transplant… if it can happen to T, it can happen to anyone.
If you feel you’d like to register but have concerns, please do get in touch with T so she can answer any questions to allay your fears. If you are not based in the UK, your registration is still vitally needed so if you’d like to participate, please check how your country accepts registrations.
Wow. What a beautiful perspective.
If T’s story has touched you too, please share this post widely with your community… let’s see what we can do to help Save5 reach their milestone of 10,000 new registrations in T’s lifetime.