I donatori di sangue: angeli convinti che il loro amore non sia una goccia nel mare

Sono 1.189.142 eroi in Italia che, solo l’anno scorso, 2.068.053 volte hanno contribuito a donare la vita a migliaia di persone senza mai vederle in faccia, senza sapere che sono sedute di fianco a loro sul bus, che sono dietro a loro nella fila in banca, che sono sedute al tavolo accanto in pizzeria.

 

Angeli che restano anonimi, che, spesso, si schermiscono, che non raccontano la loro generosità per modestia, per riservatezza o, perché, vivono come normale e naturale un gesto, che, invero, è una grandissima testimonianza d’amore: la donazione del sangue.

I volontari sono persone di tutte le età e le appartenenze socioculturali che, con il loro sistematico impegno, vanno a saturare le 8.000 unità di sangue necessarie, ogni giorno, per aiutare chi è in pericolo.

A differenza di quanto molti credono, come spiega l’AVIS , “ il fabbisogno di sangue e di emocomponenti non si verifica solamente in presenza di condizioni o eventi eccezionali quali terremoti, disastri o incidenti, o durante interventi chirurgici ma anche nella cura di malattie gravi quali tumori, leucemie, anemie croniche, trapianti di organi e tessuti.”

E nelle parole dei volontari, la donazione è proprio un gesto di solidarietà, è un modo concreto per dimostrare la propria partecipazione e preoccupazione nei confronti di chi soffre, di chi, per quel poco liquido rosso, domani mattina potrà ancora una volta salutare il sole che nasce.

Dopo il “c’era una volta”, la storia dei donatori può iniziare in tanti modi diversi.

Per alcuni è quasi una vocazione, un dovere verso il prossimo, verso chi ha bisogno, indipendentemente dal suo genere, dalle sue condizioni economiche, dal colore della sua pelle: è una responsabilità nei confronti degli esseri umani, in quanto tali, in quanto fratelli. È un gesto di sensibilità e di empatia.

Per altri può essere un segno di riconoscenza, un modo indiretto per contraccambiare la generosità di altri che, mettendo a disposizione il loro sangue, hanno salvato il nuovo donatore o qualcuno dei loro cari.

Altri, ancora, danno alla donazione il significato di una straordinaria occasione per essere utili, per aiutare il prossimo, per riaccendere la speranza in chi non ne ha, ma anche per riscaldare il proprio cuore.

Il dono è sempre gratuito, un atto di scelta che è un impegno e una promessa, un desiderio di con-passione e di con-divisione.

Il sangue è vita, è calore, è colore e amore. Per certi popoli il sangue contiene lo spirito, è la fonte dei sentimenti, delle emozioni, dei pensieri.

Donare il sangue vuole dire condividere una parte di sé, 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a disposizione del prossimo non solo a parole ma con azioni concrete che non si limitano al semplice prelievo perché il sangue, per potere venire donato deve essere “sano”, deve essere “puro”.

Quindi la donazione è, in primis, un impegno che i volontari prendono con se stessi, un atto di responsabilità e d’amore verso se stessi, il proprio corpo e la propria esistenza. Se non rispettassero la propria vita come potrebbero avere la forza e il coraggio di donare parte di essa per salvare l’altrui?

La cultura della donazione in Italia ha stentato un po’ a diffondersi: non perché non siamo generosi, ma per la mancanza di una cultura e di una responsabilità sociale.

Parlando con i giovani che, ogni giorno vanno a donare il loro sangue oggi, è chiaro che qualcosa è cambiato, che si è innescato un circolo virtuoso, che è scattato un meccanismo di solidarietà positivo.

E il loro spirito è davvero riassunto in modo egregio dall’idea della coscienza che la loro generosità non è un’inutile goccia di amore che si disperde nel mare del bisogno o dell’indifferenza. Perché anche quell’infinitesima goccia potrebbe essere decisiva non per salvare qualcuno in generale, ma quella specifica persona, in quella determinata situazione.

Vista dalla parte di chi riceve il sangue donato, la situazione è ammantata da un alone di sentimenti difficili da esprimere.

Sapere che hai nel tuo corpo l’amore di una persona che non puoi ringraziare, perchè, a tua volta, non sai chi sia, è meraviglioso ed, in un certo senso imbarazzante, ma ti aiuta a capire la potenza del vero Amore, quello con la lettera maiuscola, che non ha bisogno di farsi riconoscere, di venire ostentato perché il suo premio è già nella consapevolezza di sapere di potere essere di aiuto a chi soffre, a chi sta peggio.

Dopo avere ricevuto una trasfusione impari a guardare alle persone che ti passano accanto in modo diverso, perché sai che hai dentro di te il frutto dell’amore e della generosità di una di loro, di uno di quelli che prima potevano sembrare soltanto volti in una folla, ed ora sono creature, angeli tra i quali si nasconde il tuo angelo custode, quello che, magari, ti ha persino salvato la vita.

Oggi mi piacerebbe che foste anche voi stessi, per una volta a raccontare a tutti noi la vostra storia di piccoli-grandi eroi della quotidianità, a spiegarci perché, secondo voi è importante donare il sangue, quali sono i meccanismi, i sentimenti, i motivi che vi spingono a un gesto così grande di Amore…

6 Risposte to “I donatori di sangue: angeli convinti che il loro amore non sia una goccia nel mare”

  1. Ciao mi presento, sono una donatrice anonima e convinta sostenitrice che fare del bene faccia davvero bene! Ho deciso di cominciare a donare il sangue da un episodio ben preciso: ho vissuto un’esperienza molto forte, di fronte alla folle paura di perdere una persona cara e salvata da qualche sacca di sangue tempestivamente arrivata, ho realizzato che l’unico modo per ringraziare chiunque abbia donato quelle sacche era aiutare qualcin’altro! Ognuno si pone di fronte alla paura di perdere un caro in maniera differente e soggettiva, ognuno si pone di fronte alla solidarietà con riconoscenza e gratitudine, è bene però riflettere sull’importanza di un gesto che a noi non costa nulla ma che nella realtà salva con certezza la vita a qualcun’altro!
    Il nostro gesto non è “una goccia nel mare” ma tante gocce che scorreranno veloci forti e vigorose nelle vene di chi ne ha davvero bisogno, lasciamo il mare dell’indifferenza a chi semplicemente non ha ancora capito l’importanza di salvare una vita!

    • Grazie ^__^ del tuo post. E’ proprio grazie alla genrosità tua e di tanti come te che, ogni giorno, per centinaia di persone, non è più l’ultimo giorno. La vostra goccia di sangue è vero che è solo una piccola goccia, ma ti assicuro che quella inutile goccia non lo è affatto per chi ne ha bisogno e la riceve.
      E’ per questo che siete degli angeli, degli eroi di generosità, di amore!🙂

  2. Ciao Ada… E’ sempre istruttivo leggere i tuoi articoli! Per rispondere, direi che la mia esperienza di donatore non si è fermata al sangue ma anche al midollo osseo e agli organi… Ultima e definitiva prova dell’Amore di donare ciò che sei in favore di chi ha bisogno. Tanto che senso avrebbe buttare quel “ben di Dio” alla terra o al fuoco?! Tanto vale togliere a chi, purtroppo, non ne avrà più bisogno per donare una nuova speranza…
    La donazione di sè stessi agli altri è qualcosa di molto personale; Tu hai riassunto molto bene quali sentimenti possono portare alla decisione di donare. Per me uno vale l’altro, l’importante è essere giunti li… Ognuno ha trovato la motivazione dentro sè stesso.
    E questo fa molto molto bene prima a noi e poi agli altri…

    • Grazie Hans della tua testimonianza. Donare il midollo è un gesto generoso ma anche molto coraggioso.
      In Italia, purtroppo, la cultura della donazione sta iniziando a diffondersi in modo più consistente solo adesso.
      Nelle tue parole mi ha colpito molto la frase “DONARE CHI SEI in favore di chi ha bisogno”.
      In quel “CHI SEI” c’è tutta la fragilità, la precarietà, la debolezza dell’essere umano e, nel contempo, la sua meravigliosa grandezza, la sua straordinaria forza, la sua ineguagliabile dignità, la sua sublime sensibilità nei confronti di chi ama e, in genrale, del prossimo.
      C’è il mistero della vita, vi vibra l’amore puro, quello che ha la forza e il coraggio di gridare sì non solo alla propria esistenza ma anche a quella degli altri!🙂

  3. ciaoo ada
    che magnifiche parole che hai scritto…sono io che ringrazio te !
    Ho iniziato a donare il sangue circa 8 anni fa, e sono stato convinto da un mio amico che era donatore già da diversi anni! Dico convinto perchè all’inizio qualche esitazione l’ho avuta ma proprio per una mia avversione completa nei confronti degli aghi delle siringhe…non certo esitazione per la scelta di aiutare qualcuno! Anzi proprio questa possibilità di essere in qualche modo d’aiuto a qualcuno mi ha convinto a intraprendere questa forma di volontariato!…Devo confessare che dopo la prima donazione alla quale ero un po’ teso tutte le altre si sono svolte con tale naturaleza e in un ambito talmente familiare che è ormai diventato un appuntamento fisso irrinunciabile della mia vita!…..Volevo solo sottolineare la meravigliosa sensazione che si prova quando si esce …non c’è fatica o peso per quello che si è fatto in quella sala d’ospedale…ma semplicemente mi sento felice sapendo che una mia piccolissima parte di sangue potrà insieme ad altre piccole parti aiutare e …in molti casi anche salvare la vita a una persona . E’ un dono gratuito …il donatore non viene ringraziato direttamenete dal malato, non c’è compenso per quello che si è fatto …e la cosa bella è proprio questa …donare qualcosa di sè per aiutare qualcuno in difficoltà senza ricevere materialmente nulla in cambio!…E’ una bella sensazione e la consiglio vivamente a chiunque abbia la possibilità di farlo .
    Grazie
    stefano

    • Ciao Stefano.
      Hai vinto la tua piccola sfida contro gli aghi e, per questo sei da ammirare, ma, come giustamente hai detto, hai guadagnato qualcosa di molto più grande che nessuno può quantificare o monetizzare.
      E’ vero, chi riceve il tuo sangue non ti dice mai “grazie” a parole, anzi non sa nemmeno chi tu sia, ma ti assicuro che da quel momento tu diventi parte della sua vita e crei un legame invisibile ma estremamente forte: il legame dell’amore che niente altro al mondo può eguagliare.
      Grazie ancora Stefano🙂

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