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May 18, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Those of you that know Lauren well, know that she is constantly on the go. Managing her real-estate business, the construction business she manages with her husband Jeff, being chauffer to her youngest daughter Kate and helping her eldest daughter Taylor whenever possible.
What many may not know is that Lauren was diagnosed with a genetic liver disease many years ago. Wilson's disease is a genetic liver disorder where the liver is unable to process copper. The copper builds in the system causing damage to the liver and potentially other organs as well.
Over the past few months, Lauren began having many of the symptoms of Wilson's disease and with the help of her doctors, we've learned that Lauren's liver has been significantly impacted by the disease. After many tests and road trips to the University of Washington Medical Center, it was determined that Lauren would need a transplant.
"Can I donate part of my liver to Lauren?” This is the first question and offer of help that people make. Unfortunately, the answer to that is no. Living liver donation is best from an adult to child. Lauren needs an adult size liver, which requires a different type of transplant.
Lauren has been placed on the transplant list and she is being cared for as an inpatient at the UWMC until transplantation. Please note that as much as Lauren loves flowers, she is unfortunately unable to have them in her room due to potential infection risks. This is protocol both pre-transplant and post-transplant.
We are praying a liver becomes available soon for Lauren and ask for your prayers as well. We will continue to post updates here to this site on how she's doing. Please feel free to post your well-wishes and notes to Lauren here and we will share them with her.
Thank you for loving and supporting Lauren, Jeff, Taylor, Kate and the rest of the family through this time.