December 04, 2013
I have always been a heavy bleeder. I have a clotting disorder called Menorrhagia. My iron was affected by this. At my lowest point, I could not walk without struggling to breathe as I had very little oxygen in my blood. My hemoglobin was a 4..normal is a 12-15.
My doctor made me go to the hospital for blood typing and my very first transfusion. I was so upset by this! I felt sick knowing I had to have this blood..not my own. Then I realized that it saved me. After my first transfusion (3 bags of blood) I felt so good. I could walk! I could breathe!
Monthly, I was losing the blood I was given..so this happened 6 more times. Finally, I was sent in for a hysterectomy. It was a hard thing for me. I know I am lucky. I have my daughter, and she is a blessing, as I have been a diabetic my whole life-Type 1.
7 transfusions and a hysterectomy later..I was still not ok. I lost over 90 lbs and started shaking...all the time. Doctors discovered I have Graves disease..not only that, but Celiacs. The Celiacs was taking the iron..
I recently had my second infusion of iron.
I know I have struggled..but I really would not be here if it weren’t for Unyts and the people who donated. My daughter has her mother.
Thank you blood donors!
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Unyts is among the leading procurement organizations in the United States, and is one of the only eight centers nationwide to house organ, tissue and eye procurement in one location. With the addition of Community Blood Service, Unyts has become the first organization of its kind nationwide. Unyts operates as a non-profit serving the eight counties of Western New York and works to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness within the community regarding transplantation.
Unyts routinely has helped to secure higher rates of donation in Western New York than the national average. When approached following the death of a loved-one for organ donation, Western New York families are very generous. In 2014 the Unyts conversion rate was 81.5%– the national average was 63.2%. Due to these numbers, Unyts is ranked as one of the top procurement organizations nationwide. As recently as 1997, Unyts had just 200 donors; in 2014 the organization surpassed 1,200.
The organization’s network and success have gone hand-in-hand, and as a result, Unyts has been able to spread the message that transplantation is vital – and transplantation saves lives. Unyts is currently headed by President & CEO Mark Simon, and Chair of the Board of Directors David Carlson.
*As of January 1, 2012, Unyts operates under, d/b/a Unyts, WNY’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center. We are no longer Upstate NY Transplant Services.
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