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Ivaan was a donor. He'd made this decision of his own accord and I admire him tremendously for it. He always said he wasn't a courageous sort of person, but he's my hero. He knew it would make a huge positive difference to some unknown other families. He was right. It did.
If you're thinking you want to make this kind of difference, there are three things you need to do:
(1) Talk to your family about it, and tell them expressly what your wishes are. You may not be conscious at the end of your life, so they need to know. They don't have to agree with your decision, but they need to know.
(2) Register your consent. You can download the form from the Trillium Gift of Life website, - www.giftoflife.org - fill it out, sign it and send it in. You can't apply online, but you can get the blank forms online.
(3) It's nice to carry a wallet card, but it's even better to go to the Health Card renewal place (ServiceOntario), tell them you want to register your consent to be a donor, and they will arrange to have your consent entered in the Ministry of Health database AND indicated on your Health Card.
And now, Poster Girl had better swivel herself around on the piano bench and get some practising done. I'll bet my piano teacher wants to know why I appear to have turned my back on music.
If you're in a health care facility in 2011 and you see me smiling down at you from a poster, smile back. And consider registering your consent to be a donor. Please. Thank you from Ivaan and from me.