A few years back I found myself ill with what I assumed was a virus or flu bug. When my condition didn’t improve, I went to see my doctor, who sent me to the hospital where I was told I had a bleeding ulcer. I had lost approximately 6 pints of blood in two days, and the doctors told me that if I had waited a few more days, I may have lost my life. I am thankful that blood was there in my time of need, and I now donate blood approximately every eight weeks. It is safe and easy, and may save someone else’s life.