How I became an organ donor-literally
Great news! Facebook now allows you to become an organ donor-literally. Use their new “Share Life” tool, and you will be able to tell the world that you have become an organ donor. When this app arrived yesterday, I was THRILLED. You see, my dad, a long-term pulmonary fibrosis patient, was the recipient of new life via two generously donated lungs on January 26, 2011. I have been a registered organ donor since age 18. Organ donation is the core of the legacy I want to leave behind. Everyone who know me knows what to do should they find me in the position of being a potential donor. Even my 13-year old says (eyes rolling), “I know, mom. Donate your organs, then pull the plug.” It’s a given.
Yet I wasn’t quite ready yesterday when I signed on to the new organ donor app to tell my entire network that “Lisa became an organ donor.” I started getting quips from the usual suspects. “Not quite yet,” read one. “Glad to know you’ll live on in others. I’ll miss you.” Whaaa….???
Turns out Facebook had a little grammatical error that they’ve apparently now fixed. Instead of listing the date I registered to be an organ donor, they listed–and shared– that I had actually become an organ donor.
Unfortunately for my teens, I am still alive and kicking. When it’s my time, I do hope to share the gift of life with others. Until then, thanks for the laugh, Facebook. And everyone, be sure to follow the guide below to let all of your friends know that you will join me.