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Love Letter to my family: My Journey to Organ Donation

By Camille McMillan Rambharat

As April unfolds, so does the significance of Organ Donation Awareness Month. Admittedly, I, like many, remained oblivious to its existence until this year. Despite recurrent inquiries during driver’s license renewals about becoming an organ donor, my response had always been a dismissive “No, thank you”.

With the demands of being a spouse, a mother to three young children, along with pursuing my career and studies (many years ago), the idea of organ donation hadn’t even crossed my mind, let alone my priority list. However, as I’ve matured, my commitment to giving back to the world has deepened.

Whether through volunteering, mentoring, or creating safe spaces and opportunities, particularly for the youth, the concept of helping those in need resonates profoundly.

Isn’t extending a lifeline to those battling for their survival just as imperative? Engrossed in the testimonials of both recipients and the loved ones of donors, a newfound understanding of the significance of organ donation began to take root within me.

Imagining a scenario where a family member required a transplant, I couldn’t help but recognise the profound gratitude I would feel knowing that they had the chance to receive such a life-altering gift. With this newfound awareness, I found myself staring at the screen of my iPad, contemplating the decision before me. And with a deep-seated conviction, I tapped the green button that read “Donate Today.” The subsequent form, was standard in its nature, prompting me to pause when I reached the section about leaving a message for my loved ones.

In that scared and anxious moment, I paused and prayed for the right words infused with love for my husband and three adult children, my future grandchildren, and possibly great grandchildren. And as I submitted the form, I knew that my next driver’s license renewal would bear the mark of my commitment to extending the gift of life to those in need.

Here’s my final love letter to my family!

Dear Beloved Family,

As I write this, I am facing a moment of profound reflection and decision. It’s a decision that comes from a place of love, compassion, and a deep desire to make a difference, even beyond my time here with you. I want you all to know that my choice to become an organ donor is rooted in the belief that life is a gift, and the greatest legacy we can leave behind is one of kindness and generosity. While the thought of parting from you fills my heart with sadness, the opportunity to potentially save or improve the lives of others brings me comfort and peace. Please understand that this decision was made with careful consideration and immense love for each of you. My hope is that it brings some solace knowing that even in my absence, a part of me will continue to live on, offering hope and healing to those in need. I ask that you support my decision and find solace in the fact that it reflects the values I hold dear – empathy, compassion, and the belief in the interconnectedness of all humanity. Know that my love for you transcends time and space, and that no matter what, I will always be with you, guiding you, and watching over you.

May God bless and continue to keep you all!

With all my love,