The Beginning

A. My Story

A. My Story In late 2008 I was diagnosed with End Stage Liver Disease. I didn’t know it at the time but Cirrhosis was and is considered untreatable and incurable by the medical profession. Here I am in 2012, still alive and kicking which should give some measure of hope to many who get diagnosed…

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B. The Early Days

B. The Early Days When I started out on this journey through the land of cirrhosis in November 2008 I was terrified. Terrified of the unknown, terrified of the consequences and terrified because I didn’t know which way to turn, what questions to ask or where this was all leading me. Then the symptoms started…

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C. Cirrhosis – Overview

C. Cirrhosis – Overview In order to begin to understand about cirrhosis and why the disease is quite so devastating we need to start with the liver. To many of us, myself included our first introduction to a liver was some rather nasty, chewy, grayish, brownish offal that was served up at school lunches. Onions…

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D. Learning to Live With Cirrhosis

D. Learning to Live With Cirrhosis My research into cirrhosis continued unabated. I learnt that the swelling in my stomach/abdomen was caused by ascites. i read all I could about the problem and frankly didn’t like what I was reading. I read about the fluid being drained off and the inherent dangers of doing so.…

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E. So, What Causes Cirrhosis?

E. So, What Causes Cirrhosis? There are a number of conditions that can lead to cirrhosis: Excessive intake of alcohol (most common) Types B, C and D of chronic viral hepatitis, Inherited or congenital diseases Obesity Hemochromatosis — abnormal accumulation of iron in the liver and other organs because of the increased absorption of iron…

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