Using Your Perspective

No matter what the circumstance, or the audience, you can optimize the likelihood your Donate Life VOICE will motivate those listening to register as donors by speaking from your own personal perspective. Look below for ideas on communicating how organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation has affected you.

Patients Waiting

  • Talk about your life before you became ill – what did you enjoy?
  • When were you told you needed a transplant? What was your reaction?
  • What changes has your illness caused with family, work, school or hobbies?
  • How long have you been waiting? What is your prognosis without a transplant?
  • What would you say to someone who is hesitant about becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor?

Transplant Recipients

  • What was life like for you and your family before your transplant?
  • How did you come to need a transplant? How did your illness limit you in your day-to-day life? How long did you wait, and what was your prognosis without a transplant?
  • What was it like to receive the call saying that an organ was available?
  • What can you do now that you couldn’t before, and what changes has it made in your family, work, school?
  • What is your outlook on life today?
  • What would you say to someone who is hesitant about becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor?

Donor Family

  • Talk about your loved one to paint a picture of them – what were they like? What did they enjoy? How did being around them make you feel?
  • How does it feel to know your loved one was able to save and heal the lives of others?
  • What would you say to someone who is hesitant about becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor?

Living Donor

  • Did you donate to someone you know or to a stranger? If it is someone you know, what is your relationship with him or her?
  • If you know the recipient, what condition did they have that led to them needing a transplant? How did that impact his or her life? How did it impact your life?
  • If you know the recipient, how did you come to the decision to become a living donor?
  • If you know the recipient, how did your two lives change after the donation and transplant?
  • If you gave altruistically, what inspired you to become a living donor for a stranger?
  • What would you say to someone who is on the fence about becoming a living donor?
  • What would you say to someone who is hesitant about becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor?

Family & Friends of Recipients and Patients Waiting

  • What is your relationship to the person who needs or received a transplant?
  • Why does/did your friend or family member need a transplant?
  • What is/was their medical prognosis without a transplant, and how long have they been waiting/did they wait?
  • What is/was the wait like?
  • If they have now been transplanted, what was it like to get the call that an organ was available? How is their/your life different now?
  • What would you say to someone who is hesitant about becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor?