Kim Gilbertson

First post: Sep 24, 2020 Latest post: Sep 29, 2020
In 1999, Kim was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. After many medications failing to control symptoms, she was placed on Prednisone (a steroid for those of you unfamiliar). For the last 20 years she has been on Prednisone, along with multiple different high dose steroid injections. Previously she had tried Remicaid and Humira. Currently she is getting a Stellara injection every 8 weeks. These steroids help control the Crohn’s Disease. Unfortunately, we found the downside.

Just over a year ago it was discovered that Kim’s liver was shutting down. Did she drink alcohol? Yes. Was it the cause? No. 

Over a length of time, the steroids had been whittling away at her liver. It had reached the point where it no longer functioned the way it should. Because of this, Kim now takes 23 pills a day including medications and vitamins that her body cannot produce on its own. 

After a major episode of Hepatic Encephalopathy (increased ammonia level creating her brain function to drastically decrease) at the end of June, it was decided that she would go live with her daughter Brandi in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. 

The team at CentraCare Health and University of Wisconsin- Madison are working together to save Kim’s life and get her on the liver transplant list. 

Due to Kim needing around the clock care, Brandi has left her position at Walgreens Pharmacy. Medical bills, supply cost, fuel, and daily living are expenses that have all added up. 

Please consider a donation to help Kim toward her goal of a new healthy liver!

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