Death Flashed Before My Eyes

Jan 18, 2019

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Actually, it was more like a flutter. As in fluttering snowflakes, LOTS OF SNOWFLAKES, falling at a high rate of speed from every direction as my wife and I were driving over Price Canyon and into Provo, Utah. Normally that drive is a sight to see, though on this night, I couldn’t see anything except the 18-wheeler right in front of me.

While my wife and I were making our way down the mountain another 18-wheeler barreled down the passing lane, temporarily blinding us as it covered the windshield with slush and ice. He must have thought it was a good idea to pass us and all the vehicles who were trying to stay safe in a single lane. Yes…that was pretty scary!

At that very moment, I started thinking about my mortality. This isn’t anything new…it’s happened to me more than I’d like to admit. I’m not sure if any of you have felt something similar happen to you once a particularly dangerous situation has passed. I sat there and thought about how lucky I was to be alive and escaped this situation, unharmed. I looked over at my wife and my dog and was thankful that the road was clearing up, then I started thinking… “What if things had gone differently and I didn’t make it down that mountain? What legacy would I leave in this world? Did I make a difference? Would I be remembered? You know…those thoughts.”

Then I thought about where I work. Intermountain Donor Services. We are a non-profit dedicated to the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissue. If an accident did happen and I lost my life unexpectedly on that mountain, it would be of some comfort knowing that someone in need of an organ, cornea or tissue transplant…sometimes multiple people…got to live, see again and have improved lives.

My wife and I moved from Tennessee, so my license is about to expire. I was registered in TN and I’m in the national database but just to make sure…I’m going to mark it on my new license. The cool part is, you don’t have to wait to get your license. You can register here and/or iPhone users can use the health app to walk you through the process.

My life flashed before my eyes at the end of 2018, but my mind is as clear as Interstate 15 was once we got down Price Canyon. I WILL leave a mark in this world and I WILL make a difference in someone else’s life. By saying YES to organ donation…I have the ability to save lives. In the meantime…I’ll stay away from snow storms and mountain passes just to be on the safe side.

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