"Shanna, just wanted to say hi and welcome you to the Cafe! This site is amazing and you will find so much support and meet a lot of wonderful people here. I truly hope you receive your gift of life soon! I had a sudden, unexpected liver transplant 4…"
"Aside from the beginning part, I've been there, Shanna...I got my transplant within 6 months of finding the cancer and, although the first 4 months have been a bit of a roller coaster ride, I've survived and will continue to thrive...all…"
Recipient: What Type of Donor Did You Receive your Gift of Life From?
Not a Recipient
What Do You Do For a Living? What Are Your Passions, Hobbies, Passtimes, Dreams and Goals for the Future?
Cook, Garden, plan events
About Me: Please use this space to tell the community about you and your unique experience with transplantation:
In 1975 a seventeen year old with a heroin problem and hep C got pregnant and passed the disease onto her baby girl. She was not able to care for the baby because (and I quote) "I loved the drugs more than I loved you". Sad yes, but the baby girl was taken in by her grandparents who loved, cared for and spoiled her. So the grandparents adopted her and she grew up with a Mom and Dad, happy and healthy with nothing to worry about. And so my story goes...
This disease Hep C was festering in my body my whole life. Waiting, dormant. Looking back there were signs something was not right but nothing major to really pin point. When I became pregnant with my daughter Elizabeth everything in my body changed. At first they diagnosed me with ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) a bleeding disorder that effects your platelets. After Beth was born they changed that to Leukemia and then back to ITP with the unfortunate removal of my Spleen. Keeping up so far???
I was told I would be fine now and to keep up on lab work for my platelets. Easy enough. Obviously they didn't realize who they were dealing with as I like to complicate everything. Fast forward 2002. Not feeling great and having strange periods caused me to visit the doctor. Now they know more about the different Hep Viruses so finally they find the dreaded Hep C. Not great news of course and BTW it's the strain of virus that is the hardest to cure. They (doc's) said I'm so young and healthy otherwise I shouldn't really worry just eat healthy be safe and listen to your body. Rest when you get tired etc. This was of course when no one really knew a lot about this disease other than it sounded scary and no one wanted it. DUH
Then in 2007 I got really sick again. Back to doctors only to discover my poor liver has been attacked by the evil Hep C and i have to prepare that I will need to go for Interferion treatments...i can handle this.
2008...I have Cirrhosis!!! Beginning stages, transplant is in my 10 year future...this is not how I envisioned my future but, I can handle this.
2009...I am put on the transplant list but way at the bottom. More like a 5 year plan, okay...I can totally handle this.
April 23 2010...A tumor has been found in my liver that is 99.99999 % positive it's cancer. It's the size of a golf ball and was not there at my last ultrasound (5 months ago). I meet with the transplant team at University of Seattle on May 5th.
Oh and by the way...I can totally handle this!
Stay tuned so I can share my experiences with you!
Thank you for listening and for praying...
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I love all music especially if it's a live show. Action movies even though I tell my husband otherwise, I love my daughters Art, I am currently reading 'Confessions of an ugly stepsister
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I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining; I believe in love even when I feel it not; I believe in God, even when he is silent.
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