Meghan M. • Redwood City, CA
I received 987 units of blood products when I was nineteen years old. During my second year of college I suddenly started gaining weight and then was told that my kidneys were not working correctly. Once I was admitted to the hospital I was diagnosed with TTP/HUS (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura/Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome). This meant that I needed to receive regular plasmapheresis treatments and red blood cell transfusions in addition to dialysis. In the midst of all the treatments and all the medications what kept me alive was the blood that I received from anonymous blood donors. Without that blood my body would not have been able to renew itself and build up the strength I needed to fight. Because of blood donors I was able to graduate college see my wedding day and I now dream of having a family of my own. I can never sing enough praises to blood donors!