ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A Rockford woman says she wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for generous blood donors in the community.
Back in 2007, Martha Mott was first diagnosed with extreme anemia however she waited until 2015 for treatment. That's when oncologists told her she had MDS, a group of cancers where immature blood cells in the bone marrow don't grow.
Mott says her disease makes her reliant on blood transfusions and she encourages anyone healthy enough to donate.
"It first takes the energy going just to the organs and stops going to your limbs. So it gets, if you're low enough, it gets so you can't even walk," says Mott.
Mott says she continues to be thankful for those who donate who help keep her alive.