Steve’s Story

Site created on October 31, 2017

Welcome to our CaringBridge website, Expanding the Vibe! We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place about Steve's continued recovery from his February 2017 liver transplant! We appreciate your support and words of encouragement while Steve kicks some ass.


  More than 20 years ago some slightly elevated values (ALT and AST) appeared in a routine blood test. The elevated values never went away, but also didn't seem to be causing any problems. No cause has ever been identified despite regular and thorough testing.I was a daily runner (3-5 miles per day) until about 18 months ago, and was doing 15 mile bike rides until August of 2015. I enjoyed several hobbies, yard work, and craft shows as well.

About 2 years ago it was discovered that I had developed liver cirrhosis. It caught everyone by surprise. However, my health has steadily deteriorated since then and I am currently on the waiting list for a full liver transplant.

The shortage of donated organs results in a transplant system in which the sickest patients receive the organs first. Many patients get extremely sick (including me) prior to transplant.

Right now, the goal is to stay as strong and as healthy as possible prior to the transplant, and me and my family are very focused on that goal.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Steve Starsinic

Hello all.

I believe this is going to be my last post.

It's been 4 1/2 years since I was first diagnosed with liver cirrhosis.  In that time we got through the extended and wasting illness, the transplant, the very difficult recovery, and I am now down to only a consistent state of getting back into shape and only some small residual issues.  My biggest limitation remains my lung capacity, but that also seems to be slowly improving and will probably continue to improve for some significant time.  The things that occurred during that time were shocking and at times surreal.  But it's all in the past and life goes on.

I'm finding that each post I write is more or less saying the same thing.  At this point I don't feel my health issues are any more significant that those being dealt with by many of you.  In fact they may be trivial compared to things you and many other people are dealing with.

I'm going to leave this page up and active for awhile to help anyone who may be going through something similar.

I can't even begin to say how important your support has been in helping me get through this.  Without a doubt I was strengthened by the knowledge that I was fighting not just for myself but for all the people who cared for and encouraged me.   It was an experience that tested every fiber of my being, and every kind word you  provided was worth immensely more than the time and effort required to speak it.  I certainly will never forget it.  I hope I can live my life in a manner that is deserving of all the gifts I've been given.  

I'm going to leave this site up for the foreseeable future.  If anyone wants to contact me you can do it through the site or of course through email or phone (I believe most of you have that information). 

So with that, I'll sign off.  Good luck and live well. 
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