THE VIRTUE OF PA­TIENCE

Reader's Digest - - Your True Stories - LINDA TIPON, San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia

While I was sit­ting in the wait­ing room to do­nate blood, another pa­tient was called ahead of me, out of turn. As I sat there, ir­ri­tated, I over­heard a young cou­ple’s con­ver­sa­tion. Their baby was hav­ing surgery the next day, but the mother’s iron count was too low to do­nate blood. I walked over to the mom. I said, “I’ll do­nate for your baby.” I knew I could be­cause I have O neg­a­tive—the one type of blood that is tol­er­ated by ev­ery­one. It’s funny how quickly my ir­ri­ta­tion turned to joy when I re­al­ized how much I could help. To read more 100-word sto­ries and to sub­mit your own, go to rd.com/sto­ries. If your story is se­lected for pub­li­ca­tion in the mag­a­zine, we’ll pay you $100.

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