My first-born baby was born with a life-threatening heart defect. His open-heart surgery required many things, including several blood transfusions. Through it all, I continued to be a regular blood donor.
Fast forward another 20 years, my youngest child became very ill. She was losing blood at a rapid rate and went undiagnosed for a few months. Through that insane time, my daughter required over 12 units of blood.
It's crazy to think that I've been a regular donor my entire adult life (and through various organizations), and never imagining that my own children would need life-saving blood donations. Being a blood donor is a simple and selfless act that I will continue to do.