Have you submitted your story in our Continue the Commitment promotion yet? Every two weeks, one story will be chosen to be featured here in the Commit for Life Blog, and its author will receive 500 Commit for Life store points. Participants may also be recruited to participate in our Commit for Life campaign photo shoot and be featured in our calendar, awareness ads, brochures and more – just like these individuals who shared their stories in 2011.
Our latest story comes from Nicole Lewis. Like many young donors, she started giving blood in college because she liked receiving free T-shirts. However, since her own life was saved by blood donations, her commitment has intensified.
While pregnant with her son, Nicole was hospitalized at 36 weeks and told if she did not go into labor, she would be induced the following day. After an allergic reaction from antibiotics, she was induced on the morning of Jan. 9, 2007.
“After a full day of contractions and finally an epidural, I went into labor and pushed for 45 minutes. Never broke a sweat, easy labor, laughing with my husband, mom and mother-in-law. I told everyone to go with my son to the NICU while I was being cleaned up so they could take pictures, since I only got to touch his hand as they wheeled him off,” Nicole said.
Soon afterward, things took a turn for the worse. Although she felt fine, Nicole was told she was hemorrhaging and needed immediate surgery to stop the bleeding. “I was so close to death,” she said. She was forced to undergo a partial hysterectomy, but thanks to the hard work of her doctors and nurses – and four units of blood - her life was saved.
“It is funny how when you go into the hospital and sign the consent forms that say you will accept blood if medically necessary, you do not really think it will happen to you,” Nicole said. “If it had not been for the fast thinking of the medical staff and the four units of blood I received, I would not be here today to enjoy my life with my husband and son.”
Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your personal Commit for Life story and for continuing your commitment to helping other patients. The Continue the Commitment promotion continues through March 31. If you have a story about what Commit for Life means to you, we would love to hear it!