The chemo was tough on Hannah, but she is thankful to have a great support system in her friends and family. And they are all thankful for the blood and platelet donors who continue to help Hannah stay strong throughout her treatment.
“You have no idea the amount of blood and platelets that it takes to sustain a person with a blood disorder,” Todd said. “Hannah has had around 150 transfusions. It took someone giving that for her to receive that.”
The blood transfusions help give Hannah energy and strength, and the platelets help stop any bleeding.
“After a blood transfusion, I can feel my energy level go up very, very quickly,” she said. “Just overall, I feel a lot better, I’m not so tired.”
During a recent transfusion at LCI, Hannah’s nurses showed her a special tag on the unit of blood she was receiving. The tag was part of the Message My Donor program, a unique way for local patients to send a note to the donor of the blood products they receive.
Hannah was able to go onto the website, type in the code on her tag, and send a message to her own donor. She was excited to have the opportunity to thank someone for their generous gift.
“Even though the tag is anonymous, I think it’s really cool that the donor can be thanked for giving blood or platelets that are saving my life,” she said.
As Hannah prepares to undergo a bone marrow transplant later this year, she and her family continue to encourage others to donate. Transfusions will likely play a vital role in that course of treatment as well.
“People need blood and platelets every day,” Hannah said. “You’re saving people’s lives.”