I have been a regular, every-8-week blood donor for many years now. Recently, some medical complications required that I have a hysterectomy. During my pre-op appointment, the doctor came in and told me that the results of my latest CBC suggested my hemoglobin was falling rather rapidly, and had reached a 7.0. I felt fine — or at least I thought I did! They immediately transported me to the ER, where I received two (2) units of blood. After my transfusion, I felt like I had been a pool toy that was deflated and was now inflated. After years of donating blood every eight weeks, it was I who finally needed a life-saving transfusion. I encourage people to donate blood by telling them, ‘Donate blood! The life you save may be your own!