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1/14/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Lois's CaringBridge site. It's here to keep friends and family updated.
Lois is in treatment again for Hepatitis C; this time the stakes are higher because in October 2015 she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. A person can live with Hep C for decades [as Lois most likely did for 40-50 years] before the damage is great enough to produce symptoms. However, if left untreated, the disease can progress to cirrhosis [scarring of the liver] and then to liver cancer and/or liver failure. People can live without spleens, appendixes, gall bladders, an arm or a leg, but not without a functioning liver - it's right up there with the brain and heart for basic survival. The stakes are indeed high.
I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. As treatment progresses, the possibility of side effects increases, as does the burden on Jim. So please remember him and offer him your support and encouragement, take him to the movies, feed him chocolate, recommend him to anyone who needs a fine carpenter, make him laugh.
If/when the time comes when we'll need physical/tangible assistance - rides for Lois, laundry, errands, household chores, meals, etc - we'll let you know. For the moment we are managing fine, but I am aware that this could change at any time ...