Sunday, September 29, 2013

An Organ Donor Nazi?! Hmmmmmm....

Recently I was riding in a van with a group of people and one of them brought out their license for some reason and I asked if they had a heart on their license (the state of MI puts little red hearts on our licenses when we sign up to be a donor).  This person did have a heart and as he was showing me one of my friends declared, "Joyce is the organ donor nazi now."  I replied, "Yep, that's me" and didn't give it too much thought for the rest of the night.  However that comment has stuck with me, I'm not quite sure why except for the fact I don't want to be compared to a nazi and why make a comment like that?
The straightforward definition of Nazi does not fit :

n. pl. Na·zis
1. A member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.
2. often nazi An adherent or advocate of policies characteristic of Nazism; a fascist.

However, I dug deeper and found this in the definition :

3. (often l.c.Sometimes Offensive. a person who is fanatically dedicated to or seeks to control a specified activity, practice, 

So, am I 'fanatically dedicated 'to promoting organ donation?  ABSOLUTELY!  Am I offensive about it? NEVER!
I chose to promote organ donation so I can help others and find positive in a predominantly negative life sentence of BO that has been dealt to me. I created my tshirts to promote this message. So many people have signed up because of my story and I don't state that to give myself a pat on the back I say that because when 1 person signs up to donate organs they have the potential to save 8 others.  Here's a random example, 20 people have signed up after hearing my story, the potential to save 160 people is now a reality!!!! That's mind blowing! If I'm not able to get new lungs then by golly I'm gonna make sure someone else does. 
So if that means I'm a "nazi" then so be it.  I will not stop educating others on the power of organ donation, I will not stop wearing my green bracelet, and I will never stop believing in the miracle that is organ donation. 
To sign up to an organ donor in the state of MI, visit
or if you live outside of Michigan visit or your local secretary of states website.

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