Journey to Liver Transplant

The posts here are from my original postings on Caringbridge from 2011 when I was diagnosed through 2015, a year after my transplant. The following was my first post.

I was diagnosed with cirrhosis in Jan/Feb 2011. This is my story.

I am so blessed by my support system. I am thankful to have changed the course of my disease. By this time, they thought originally that I would be much more progressed yet the Lord has been with me in stopping that quick progression. I am amazed, not surprised, at His gift. This is a difficult beginning. Most of you will know of the death of an 18 year old grandson last year and my mother’s death about a month later. Believing we were work through the emotions of dealing with these issues along with some others, we were dealt another blow in February when I was diagnosed with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease that had already developed into cirrhosis of the liver. There had been nothing in blood test or other exams to indicate there was a problem. The doctors were in as much shock as we were. I had ascites and began treatment quickly losing 30 pounds of fluid within the first few weeks. I have lost a few more pounds and slowly continue. I have responded well so far to plan of diuretics and diet changes. My bruising reduced, mind function improved, skin was no longer dry and scaly, my hair stopped falling out and breaking, and I have felt very good although I get tired quickly. That is until last Thursday when I suddenly became very ill and ended up spending 2 nights in the hospital. It is taking some time to recover. There will be more testing over the next few weeks. We don’t know at this point if it is directly related to problems with the liver or an infection that is unrelated except for the fact that my immune system is compromised. I will do my best to write something at least once a week and more if things are happening. I so appreciate everyone’s concern, however it is difficult for me to repeat the story too many times. That is when I decided since this site had worked so well in getting the word out for us before, it would be a good way for people who care to be able to find out without me feeling so drained by it. God bless you all. Pamela Young

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Author: Pamela K. Young

I have not only lived many chapters in one life, but many lives in one body. The person I am today is far wiser than the me of young adulthood. My life is like your life with its ebb and flow. We are all connected in some way. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother, but what makes me, well, me is the way I wife, mother, and grandmother. I am a liver transplant survivor. Whatever devastation you have survived, we survived in our individual ways. I create with words and photos. I am a writer and photographer.

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