I'm writing this today because I will be super busy tomorrow, because my little baby is turning 1!
Tomorrow is filled with mixed emotions for me - the birth of my beautiful little girl, Lola Jaklyn Rose, but it's also the day that I had worried about for weeks and my fears came true.
One year ago tomorrow, I almost died during surgery to have Lola. We'd had complications from the first start of her pregnancy, and was told there was a decent chance I'd have a hysterectomy during the operation. I was scared, yep. For sure! But 18 years earlier, on that day, my lovely grandpa had passed away so I knew he'd be looking out for me.
During my c-section, I lost ALOT of blood (4 litres to be exact) and survived only because of the wonderful people who donate blood! Without those wonderful people, I would not be here, alive today.
I wanted to find a way to thank each and every one of you who helped save my life (whether it was your blood or not that I recieved, the fact that you donated is AWESOME and something I'll never, ever forget!) but I don't know how. So I just wanted to write this to say a huge THANK YOU!!! One of you gorgeous people, reading this now, quite possibly could have saved my life. One of you kept me alive to watch my children grow, to cuddle them when they cry, to laugh when they laugh. You really have no idea how 15 minutes of your time, has changed my life. As i type this now, I'm crying. LOL I'm a bit of a sooky bum this year. It's a time of mixed emotions. I'm so thankful to be alive, to see my baby girl turn 1, but I'm also sad because I miss those few precious hours with her, the first cry, the first cuddle (I do not remember it!)
If you're reading this now, and you don't donate, or are wondering if you're eligible to donate, check this link out: http://www.donateblood.com.au/page.aspx?IDDataTreeMenu=39 I urge you to do the quiz, and if you're eligible to donate, please do so. You might not think you'll need it - heck I never thought I'd need it - but one day, you just might need this life saving service, and supplies are low. We need to build our blood banks up so that each and every one of us can use it, if we ever need it!
And if you're reading this now, and you do donate.....