Importance of Organ Donation

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by Henry Boyd, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    No, this isn't a spam thread. Its time for me to come clean with my CSR friends and make a pitch for an important decision; Organ Donation. I never gave it much thought until the past year when it became clear I would require a transplant to survive long enough to have some semblance of a retirement. I apologize for not saying anything sooner about my condition, but there have been a lot of unknowns over the past few months, and I wanted at least one group of friends to whom I was wasn't known as the sick guy. A little normalcy goes a long way to staying on an even keel.

    As some of you know I was diagnosed with liver cancer a little over a year ago. For me the only course of effective treatment is a liver transplant. The good news is I have finally reached the top of the list and I am being cared for in one of the best liver transplant centers in the country. The bad is that being at the top of the list does little good if there are no organs. All that being said, I have been told I'm within 30 to 60 days of the main event.

    I know all of you have heard that the number of donor organs of all types is far out stripped by the number of those for whom a transplant is a matter of life or death. If you wish to make a meaningful change to another person's life, and have not done so I ask all of you to consider becoming a donor. In my case I can be a donor as my cancer is very localized leaving other organs and tissues usable. There is apparently enough good stuff to re-use.Hard to think of yourself as spare parts, but there you have it.

    You all know I'm kind of a hard headed engineer. So here is how I have come to look at this. None of us gets out of here alive. The two inevitable conditions of death and taxes are quite true. The other fact is none of us needs any leftover body parts where we are all going. Make a difference and possibly save someone's life. Don't do it for me, do it for yourself and your own karma.

    I know this is a deeply personal decision. It was hard for me even in my condition, but at the end of the day I realized there are only a few other better legacies.

    In the short term we are still planning to go boating next summer. We have reserved a slip for the second year in Newburyport. My spirits are up, I remain the incorrigible curmudgeon I have always been and look forward to many more years of expounding on the dangers of Honda Generators.

    Henry
     
  2. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Whats wrong with Honda generators on boats?

    Seriously Henry, thoughts and prayers out to you and your family.
    Get well. Very, very, soon.

    -Mike
     
  3. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for a successful transplant. Thanks for sharing Henry. I'll have to do some research now on becoming a donor. Your pal, Brian
     
  4. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Wow Henry, wishing you the best. I have always been an organ donor and always will be. When that time comes I won't be needing the parts. So I'll hopefully get to "live on".
     
  5. MasterFab

    MasterFab Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Aug 17, 2010
    Wallkill, NY
    2002 340 Sundancer, Rescued, Restored, Modernized, and now Sold
    8.1L Horizons, ZF 63 V Drives
    Henry,

    From one "hard headed engineer" to another, I wish you a speedy recovery and long retirement out on the water. Although I am not currently an organ donor, I intend to rectify that situation shortly. Keep us in the loop, Henry - we're pulling for you.

    Dale
     
  6. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    Henry, you are definitely in our thoughts and prayers and I have a good feeling that things will work out as you are planning. Thank you, too, for sharing your situation with us. The part you said about normalcy really resonates with me because I'll be 9 years in remission this coming February. During my battle it was important for me to be treated normal even though it turned our lives upside down for the better part of a year. With that said, it's also therapeutic to open up to people outside your daily sphere....even if the people you open to are online friends that you may have never actually met.

    I consider everyone here to be legit friends even though I've only met a handful in real life.

    Keep us posted as you see fit... and, btw, you've convinced me to be an organ donor.
     
  7. DaFish

    DaFish Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    603
    Mar 11, 2011
    Racine, WI - Lake Michigan
    370 DA 1999, 12' Duras
    7.4 MPI Horizon Merc w/ V-Drives, 9 hp OB for dinghy
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you a smooth and quick procedure and recovery. Keep us "creepy internet friends" in the loop - we really do care!

    I have elected to be an organ donor and will continue to do so, but thank you for the kind words to confirm that is the right thing to do for those who choose to do so.
     
  8. Leardriver

    Leardriver Member

    117
    May 24, 2016
    Denver, CO
    2004 270 Sundeck 8.1 Bravo III
    5.0, 5.7, 6.2 8.1 Bravo III over the years
    I don't know anyone who isn't an organ donor, and Honda generators are awesome. I spent years as an air ambulance pilot picking up organs and rushing them to the transplant centers, and it was always a sad case for the donor, usually a motorcyclist, and a blessed day for the recipient.
    So, you guys are welcome to use my parts, but keep your hands off of my luscious organs until I am done using them.
     
  9. Sous

    Sous Member

    670
    Jul 27, 2011
    Herring Bay, MD
    2009 330 DA, Raymarine C80, Intellian, VesselView, Kohler, Sea Lift, Central Vac
    MerCruiser 8.1 Horizons DTS
    Good luck, Henry. I don't "know" you but am still pulling for you. And for the record I've been an organ donor for as long as I can remember, and I've never even owned a Honda generator, so we're good right?
     
  10. wyrman

    wyrman Member SILVER Sponsor

    805
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    Best of luck to you.
    I've been a donor for a long time, as well as the Be a Match for bone marrow donor.
     
  11. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Henry, our wishes are for you to have a successful transplant and a speedy recovery.

    I've been an organ donor forever. In WA it's easy to get on the donor list--you do it when you renew your drivers license. It's not quite as easy to actually be a donor. In most cases you have to die first. But heck, once you've gotten by that hurdle, let others profit from your demise.
     
  12. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    906
    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    Sending good thoughts to you and your family, Henry!

    I've got that little heart on my driver's license so hopefully my heart or anything else that's in good shape can serve others when the time comes. For those who are or are considering being organ donors, please communicate your wishes explicitly to those who are dear to you. Sometimes it's hard for people to manage the "business side" of the death of a loved one, and the thought of a person being parted out can be even more difficult. Talking about it in advance helps, and putting it in writing is even better. Hearing and seeing your words can help ease some of those concerns, as well as pave the way for medical teams to act on your preferences.
     
  13. 66pony

    66pony Member

    563
    Oct 2, 2008
    Minnesota
    280 Sundancer 2008, GTX LTDiS (tender)
    496/BIII, Rotax 1503
    Good luck Henry. Hopefully someone will donate the needed liver. Have you thought of a lobe transplant? There are a few places that do that in the US. that way a person will donate a lobe of the liver and it will regenerate in each person.
     
  14. 1956olds

    1956olds Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 31, 2009
    michigan,saginaw bay
    1992 370 ec
    twin cummins 6bta's 300 hp
    Rl80 pathfinder radar/chartplotter,SH 2150 matrix vhf w/ais
    quicksilver 8
    Henry,good to hear 30-60 days out.I have had the sticker on my drivers license for about 30 years now.2017 is your year,make a difference in someones life.Glen
     
  15. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    Sorry to here of your condition Henry, but I am confident that you will be boating next season and many more after. Get well soon!
     
  16. JC3

    JC3 Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
    N/A
    N/A
    Henry, There are few appropriate words. My prayer for you is complete and full healing! I also pray that
    the Holy Spirit touches your heart and the Peace of GOD that passes all understanding guards your heart
    and mind. May GOD bless you Henry in the mightiest way! JC
     
  17. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    02' 280 DA
    496 w BIII
    If it was just liver disease/cirrhosis a partial replacement would work. But cancer is the gift that keeps on giving, so even though it is all on one side now there is nothing to prevent it from returning at a later date on the present good side.

    For anyone who isn't a donor. It is very quick and easy to register. It can be done through the local DMV, or it can be done on line via the UNOS.ORG website. Actually the registration that is done via the DMV goes into the UNOS database UNOS is the organization that manages all donor organs in the US and runs the organ banks. By registering with UNOS, a hospital can query UNOS's IT system in the event of a tragedy without needing to see a license.

    I'd like to thank everyone who has offered best wishes and prayers. It really does mean a lot and it is yet one more reminder that I have gotten since I began this journey that people are all genuinely good spirited, especially in light of the horribly divisive political climate that has developed.

    Henry
     
  18. 66pony

    66pony Member

    563
    Oct 2, 2008
    Minnesota
    280 Sundancer 2008, GTX LTDiS (tender)
    496/BIII, Rotax 1503
    Henry, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have had experiences with managing transplants for the last 30 years. You are what I would say is a prime candidate for a good prognosis, disciplined and motivated. Best of luck to you.
     
  19. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    913
    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    Organ donor - yes. I hope you your procedure goes well.
     
  20. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    Hey Henry. Sheree and I have been thinking of you lately and we were wondering how the surgery went? Sending you lots of prayers and best wishes. Sincerely, Brian and Sheree.
     

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