I used to donate platelets on a consistent basis. I would aim for about once a month on average. Then the New Jersey Blood Center by my house closed and it became incredibly inconvenient. There were no centers near me. They finally opened one about a half an hour drive away from my house a little over a year ago. Not as close as before but manageable. I got there once before the pandemic changed everything.
Yesterday I got back and donated platelets again. It was the first time in about a year. I felt guilty this entire time for not donating as I knew there was such a demand. I would wage a war with myself with every email I received asking for donations. In the end, I just didn’t feel comfortable.
It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing – you need to feel comfortable with what you’re doing. Don’t let anyone pressure you into anything even if that person is yourself.