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Relief after Years of Fatigue
By Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.
Seaman Recruit Antonia Tofaeono donated blood with the Armed Services Blood Program while attending boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill. She recalls her mother’s need for blood donation and is happy that others care.
Navy mom Doris Tofaeono suffered for many years from a low red blood cell count. It was something she dealt with as a daily issue.
“As long as I can remember, I've always had a problem with my blood,” she said. “For years, I was not well at all. You could say I was like a walking time bomb, just waiting to explode. It was truly the grace of God that helped me get through this ongoing low blood count problem that I was experiencing.”
Tofaeono said she always felt weak, tired, fatigued. She was always short of breath and her complexion was always pale.
“It took me a long time and many blood transfusions to know that this was an ongoing problem,” she said. “Finally, in 2010, I had a hysterectomy to alleviate this problem.”
Now, seven years later, she is stronger and looking forward to seeing her daughter, Seaman Recruit Antonia Tofaeono graduate boot camp.
“My mom always has been and will always be the strongest woman I know,” Antonia Tofaeono said. “Whether it’s her physical or her spiritual state she is always a fighter. I remember her telling all of us, including my siblings, about her surgery. We had no idea what was happening and scared feelings filled the room. My parents have seven kids — three daughters-in-law and five grandkids. She was fortunate enough to be blessed by God to gather the energy and endurance thanks to her successful surgery.
Antonia Tofaeono, who is with Division 126, knows just how important blood donations were for her mother, so she donated blood with the Armed Services Blood Program while attending boot camp, March 30.
“I decided to donate blood whenever I can because I have witnessed firsthand the effects it has on people who need it. We live in a world where someone always needs help. I say to live in this world where you can be the person who gives them the help they need. I thank God, I thank the Navy and to all my brothers and sisters for hearing this story. I also thank the United States of America for supporting he need to donate blood. God bless, everyone!”
“I thank all who give blood so that others may receive help with their health issues as well,” Doris Tofaeono said. ”God bless Division 126 and all who serve in our United States of America military.”
About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit
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