I have been asked many times about my diet prior to my liver transplant. Having advanced liver disease does limit your food, however, even if you are not in failure — even if you do have liver disease at all, a liver friendly dietimprove your health. There are a few “tweaks” though, …Read More »
No, I’m Not Pregnant!
Yes, I know that “When are you due?” can be extremely painful for anyone who is not pregnant… But to a 30 year old woman who can’t have any more children, and has Ascites from a failing liver, it is heartbreaking. Of all of the symptoms I had, from constant …Read More »
April is Donate Life Awareness Month!!
This month is very special to me, after all organ donation has saved my life two times now! I am one of the lucky ones. There were just over 28,500 transplants in 2011 and I was one of them, but there are still over 113,000 still waiting. Those are men, …Read More »
Making it mean something
Hello my fellow fighters! Lately I have been thinking a lot about the journey my sickness has taken me and my family on, and how I can make something good out of it… Lemonade out of lemons (with a whole lot of added sugar, hehe), as one would say. For …Read More »
One resolution you should keep!
Is one of your new years resolutions to lose those extra pounds, to be less scatter-brained, to get off the couch, or just to be happier? Well if any of the below common resolutions are yours, your body might be telling you something, and taking care of your liver might …Read More »
Is it time for a liver transplant?
Hello my friends! I am writing this next article (finally, I know) on needing a transplant because it is a question I get often, usually after I have scared someone with liver disease by telling my story. (whoa Nelly, hold your horses, I was sick for many years before being …Read More »
The Other Hepatitis
Click to read part 2 The last of two Hepatitis in my trilogy may surprise you. The first one, Alcoholic Steatohepatitis is a syndrome of progressive inflammatory liver injury caused by long-term or heavy alcohol abuse and is one of the leading causes of cirrhosis in America. This form of …Read More »
Heppers not Lepers (Part 2)
Click to read part 1 Hepatitis C (HCV) — My nemesis. Though only 20-30% of HCV patients develop cirrhosis of the liver, it is one of the leading causes of liver transplants in America. There are a small percentage of patients that can clear the virus on their own within …Read More »
The Liver Girl’s Story
Hey Guys n Dolls! I realized that in these few months of writing I never properly introduced myself. (This realization came to me because of one of FLAGC newest features “Power Stories” where you can tell everyone your story… Awesome feature BTW) So I figured you guys might want to …Read More »
The Heppers (Not to be confused with Lepers)
Anyone who has a form of Hepatitis knows what I mean. As soon as you say you have Hepatitis, some people take a few steps away. Though it is very common, and most people actually probably know someone with one form of it or another – whether they know it …Read More »