I encountered stumbling blocks at the onset of my blood donation journey. With inconsistent haemoglobin levels, I was ineligible for blood donations as my haemoglobin levels were low in one of four attempts. Over the years, I learnt about the process and requirements, and made changes to my lifestyle to ensure successful blood donations. Every day, I’ll take two iron tablets and vitamin C. I also eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
Making changes to one's lifestyle was the most challenging part to being a regular donor. I feel that regular donors feel and look better, as a result of embracing healthier lifestyle choices, and also feeling good about themselves after their donation. Now, most of my family members, including my siblings and children, have since become regular blood donors and are strong advocates of contributing back to the community.