Story as told by Miranda
My name is Miranda Hemphill and I’m a teacher Assistant and Registered Behavior Tech for a local school district here in Allegany County. I’m 41 years old, happily married to my amazing husband, and a mom of two children, two step kids and one foreign exchange student from Germany. I love to kayak, hike, and read but most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family.
Recently, Genesee Valley Central School hosted a blood drive with ConnectLife. Every time they host, I donate. This last time, the blood drive was in their mobile bus due to COVID-19. I’ve never donated on the bus before, but it was a really nice experience. The staff there were so friendly and welcoming. Not only did they make me feel comfortable and relaxed, but they educated me on the types of blood donations I could do.
I choose to donate blood because about five and a half years ago, I had a hysterectomy due to pre-cancerous cells. Two weeks after my surgery, I started to hemorrhage. After having a second surgery, they discovered my iron levels were very low and that I needed a blood transfusion. I have never been through anything like this before. Once they identified my blood type, I sat in a chair for hours to get a new blood in my system. It took months to feel back to myself because my body had been through a lot of trauma.
I am so grateful for the person who donated their blood, it helped me when I needed it the most. After that experience, I realized it is important for me to give back. I hope my donations helps someone else in need. Because of my donor, I’m happy and healthy and enjoying my life and my family.
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