I found out almost a year ago that I have heredetary hemochromatosis (my body stores extra iron, which can damage organs. Only treatment is therapeutic phlebotomy - donating blood every 8 weeks). My blood is SAFE to donate and I disclose my condition each time I donate. Anyways, I feel guilty because after I had kids I stopped donating because it would cause me to get super dizzy and pass out. This has NOT changed... I am back to donating blood because not only do I save three lives in the process, I save my own life by keeping my condition in check. But every single time, I nearly pass out and they have to have me drink juice, put ice packs on my neck and arm (on my arm after the procedure to help my blood clot). I just feel so guilty every time. When I walk in, they know I'm a difficult draw and I get sick every time... normally they would tell me I'm not suitable for donation because of this... UGH, just makes me feel so guilty. I know it's stupid, but I just do... I'm really glad that I help people with my blood, but any idea what I can do to stop feeling guilty? I follow all the guidelines ahead of time (eating a hearty, protein filled meal, drinking plenty of fluids beforehand, etc. I just happen to have low blood pressure to begin with so losing blood doesn't help matters in that department). Sorry if I'm rambling, lol, just got back and I'm still a bit dizzy (don't worry, hubby drove).