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  1. Organ donation came up in Pathology class today and it reminded me of an idea to improve organ donation. It’s a very simple idea which makes me think it’s worth stating here since you are obviously very passionate about it.
    My idea, make organ donation something you have to select against on your license. Back it with advertisement that highlights an embarrassing logo that show they aren’t donors and the humiliation they receive each time they show the license to people. Or not, :).
    My feelings on donation is, I don’t want to think about chopping up my body but when I’m dead I really don’t care. I think it’s universal to dislike imagining and ACCEPTING the body will soon be PARTS… So, when you get your license, you do NOTHING and BAMMO you’re an organ donor.

    • Simon,

      Thanks so much for sharing your views on organ donation and I couldn’t agree more that it should be an opt out program. Especially given that the majority of Canadians support organ donation but unfortunately this passion is no reflected in their actions. I also agree with your sentiments about it being difficult to contemplate “being chopped up” at the end of life. My brother was in need of a heart transplant and the decision to become an organ donor was not one that I took lightly.

      While I do agree with the opt out program, I don’t know how I feel about potentially ‘shaming’ people. Like I said, the decision to be an organ donor is a big one to make and although I would strongly suggest everyone consider I also respect people’s decision not to be donors.

      Thanks for your suggestion Simon and joining the conversation. One of the goals of Outlive Yourself is to get people talking more about this important issue and you have definitely taken too it.

      Keep spreading the word. Much love,
      Stephen Antolin

  2. Read with interest the comments about the opt out system. Across the pond in Europe some countries including Spain already have this and it works very well for them. There is an on-going debate here in the UK about the subject. Given my own personal experiences from last year when I was needed to become a living donor to my adult son just to give him more time because of the shortage of organs you would think that I would welcome it. Ironically I have a different view; making an informed decision and signing up is a very personal choice. For those that have I applaud them as in my eyes everyone is a hero, but I have close friends who saw our what we endured but felt embarrassed to tell me that they struggle with the concept. I do not judge them, it’s a personal choice. Through much of the campaigning that I and many others do here we are finding that young men and women 17-25 year olds are really positive about registering. This in part was down to a government scheme to ‘ask the question’ when they applied for their first driving licence, it has had a very positive effect.

    We have specialist nurses all around the country that work very closely with families who tragically lose a loved one, they gently and respectively tell the family if their loved one was registered and seek their permission to make their wishes possible. A delicate process. If the UK adopted the opt out process there is concern that the system would not be able to cope. On one hand you could assume that there would be an unlimited supply of organs but on the other the workload associated to testing, assessment, retrieval and surgery could overwhelm the system. This of course has to balance against a sad fact the at least three people a day die waiting here. The debate continues…..

    • Thanks for reaching out Martin sharing your story which is so beautifully moving and personal. First and foremost, I want to applaud you for your remarkable selfless act. I would like to think I would be equally as courageous were I in your position but admit that it would be a challenging decision to make. What you did was the ultimate act of selflessness.

      Additionally, thank you so much for sharing such a balanced perspective on the advantages and challenges of having an opt out system. From the sounds of it, the system in the UK is quiet similar to Canada with the public thinking quiet positively about the idea of organ donation. Unfortunately here, even with overwhelming support for organ donation, our actions are often not reflective of that as we still have extremely low registrations rates.

      You are right to take some issue with the opt out system and to emphasize the importance of organ donation being a very personal choice that must be respected. I do not disagree with you on that, but I do believe more still can be done to educate people and encourage them to have conversations (like we are around these issues) and get the word out there.

      This is one of the most fundamental hopes of Outlive Yourself.

      Thank you Martin for taking the time to message us, and please help us continue to spread awareness about the cause of organ and tissue donation the world over.

      All the best,
      The Outlive Yourself Team

    • Thanks for checking it out Ryan, We currently have a site under construction with a bit more polish to it. We are just doing our best to spread the word about Cayse’s journey.

      Robert Antolin

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