I am so blessed by my support system. I am thankful to have changed the course of my disease. By this time, they thought originally that I would be much more progressed yet the Lord has been with me in stopping that quick progression. I am amazed, not surprised, at His gift.This is a difficult beginning. Most of you will know of the death of an 18 year old grandson last year and my mother's death about a month later. Believing we were work through the emotions of dealing with this issues along with some others, we were dealt another blow in February when I was diagnosed with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease that had already developed into cirrhosis of the liver. There had been nothing in blood test or other exams to indicate there was a problem. The doctors were in as much shock as we were. I had ascites and began treatment quickly losing 30 pounds of fluid within the first few weeks. I have lost a few more pounds and slowly continue.I have responded well so far to plan of diuretics and diet changes. My bruising reduced, mind function improved, skin was no longer dry and scaly, my hair stopped falling out and breaking, and I have felt very good although I get tired quickly.That is until last Thursday when I suddenly became very ill and ended up spending 2 nights in the hospital. It is taking some time to recover. There will be more testing over the next few weeks. We don't know at this point if it is directly problems with the liver or an infection that is unrelated except for the fact that that my immune system is compromised.I will do my best to write something at least once a week and more if things are happening.I so appreciate everyone's concern, however it is difficult for me to repeat the story too many times. That is when I decided since this site had worked so well in getting the word out for us before, it would be a good way for people who care to be able to find out without me feeling so drained by it.God bless you all.Pamela Young
October 28, 2014 My original journey is completed. I traded my diseased liver for a health one on October 19, 2014. The change is hard to keep up with in only 9 days. Today, I was released from the hospital. My realities have flip flopped in such a way that my mind is struggling to keep up. The changes have slowed down and are leveling off a bit. The first few days was reminiscent of a movie character where they change from a creature to a person in waves. I could almost see my nails growing. There will be many labs and appointments for a few months. Some of the medicines will be stopped over the next few months.The ones I took before, I don't take any more except for a couple general ones. I am ecstatic to having survived the previous chapters of this and to begin this chapter.