Jeff Hawbaker

First post: Jun 11, 2020 Latest post: Jul 23, 2020
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Jeff was diagnosed with non-alcoholic liver disease twenty plus years ago and it only required a smattering of check ups and a case of mild concern. It would be years before we snapped our heads to attention.
Fast forward to today and Jeff is now in need of a life-saving transplant. His liver is failing and it's time to take action. 

Jeff tires easily and he has a meager appetite.  He’s lost weight which can be a good thing but he’s lost muscle mass along with it.
 His abdomen fills with excess fluid and every week he goes to the hospital to have sixteen pounds of it drained off. That’s four big soda bottle’s worth.  There’s always more fluid to come off but only 8 liters can safely be pulled at a time.  Carrying so much fluid around just drains his energy and Fridays can never come soon enough.  
I’ve noticed momentary episodes of confusion in Jeff which goes along with late stage liver disease. He has diabetes as well which makes everything a little trickier. 

Jeff and I have been back and forth to University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore for numerous phases of testing, as well as meetings with his liver doctor, surgeon, social worker, transplant team coordinator and nutritioinist.  As of today, June 11, 2020, all systems are go for Jeff to receive a new liver through the Living Donor program.

Keep reading on to my first journal entry for more about how this story is unfolding.

This site is public so feel free to share the link with your church, friends and family.  Do say hi to let us know you’re here and  feel free to comment and share what’s on your heart. If you want to send him/us a good old fashioned card, you can mail it to 14128 Orchard Ridge Rd, Hancock, MD 21750. 

God is writing a story with our family’s life once again and our trust and hope is in Him.  Thanks for walking with us and for being part of this journey, too. 

With love.