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MissCris
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to really like to try to give blood (never had much success because of my anemia though) and I have been an organ donor since I was 16. I have been hesitant to try to donate blood since I was diagnosed because I felt like who would want my blood? I'm sick and full of tons of meds...I'm sure it's not usable. Does anyone know if we can give blood or donate tissue/organs? I just don't know with all of the meds and the CD itself. I'd really like to keep doing it if possible.
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dreamer06
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been wondering the same thing I am an organ donor as well and I don't even know if I could donate. I would love to know if you find out.
Diagnosed with Crohns Oct. '07.  Have had 9 abcess/ fistula surgeries.  Colostomy 20 March 2009.
 
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Writer
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Different blood banks have different rules. In the majority of cases, people with autoimmune diseases are excluded from being able to donate. Also, being on an immunosuppressive drug is likely to exclude you also. Maybe you could find another way to contribute that you would find satisfying? Perhaps help out at the blood bank or participate in some other volunteer project?

FamilyGuy
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are on Asacol you are excluded from giving.
Jon,  Co-moderator for Crohn's Disease, Depression, & Celiac Disease forums
 
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MissCris
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah =\ I am a social work major so I get to help people in my internship and I'll be able to once I graduate but there is something different about being able to give someone their life back I think. That is such a bummer.
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MissCris
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   Posted 12/14/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually I just looked it up http://chapters.redcross.org/ky/rivervalley/eligibility.htm#chronicill

It says that Crohn's doesn't automatically disqualify you from donating blood per the Red Cross...however the meds thing may be another issue
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity" ~ Horace Mann


Becky77
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   Posted 12/14/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Red Cross was willing to take my blood, but my GI didn't want me giving blood, so I don't.
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin


MissCris
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   Posted 12/14/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting. I go back to the GI on Friday so I'll ask while I'm there.
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