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Back in November of 2014, my routine blood work had come back with some changes that were alarming. In the beginning the doctors thought possible pancreatic cancer, or leukemia. After several doctor visits and tests I was diagnosed with Non Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver, also know as NASH or fatty liver disease, which is liver inflammation and damage caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. The first steps after being diagnosed was a major diet change to cut out sodium, which is not easy when you start to figure out how much sodium is in all of out food and drinks. It was originally hoped that this disease could be maintained and not worsen, but that was not what God had planned. In November of 2015, I was airlifted from Clear Lake to Sioux Falls with what ended up being a severe GI bleed. After surgery to stop the bleeds, I spent about 3 days in ICU and another couple in the hospital before returning home. Since then my health had continued to decline and I have spent most of the last month in the hospital between Clear Lake and Sioux Falls. Two weeks ago I started the process for being evaluated for a liver transplant at the University of Minnesota.