Hello, Thadman, and welcome to the forum. I am sorry to hear of your mother's diagnosis. You will get a lot of information and support here. I suggest that you read the information in the folder, Hepatitis Resources, at the top of the page. That will give you an idea of what to expect. Also read the older posts here. Cirrhosis is irreversible, but it can be slowed or even halted with proper care, nutrition, and meds. Do you know if she is seeing a hepatologist? If not, she should be. Also, is she on Lactulose for the hepatic encephalopathy (mental changes?) Her only chance for survival is probably a liver transplant, although if she has passed a certain point and is too sick then she won't qualify. The qualification process before being placed on a transplant list is quite grueling and lengthy. Since liver disease is such an individual disease, nobody can really say how long she has left.
I hope you find some of this information helpful.
I am so sorry, Thadman. Will you be able to go see her before she passes?
Zoe, do you know how to copy and paste? If so, could you please copy and paste your post into a new thread by clicking on New Topic and putting it in there. You will get more responses that way. However, I can tell you that nobody here can tell you how long your mom has left. It's a very individual thing. Go with your gut. And welcome to the forum.
Txboy, thank you for your comments. I agree with most of what you said. However, it seems there are more caregivers or relatives here than patients, and they certainly do try to educate themselves about liver disease. Often it is the patient who is in denial, especially those who continue to drink alcohol.
I'm glad you are stable now. So am I and I also do a lot to take care of myself while dealing with hep C and cirrhosis.
You might be interested to know that there will be a new treatment available next year which adds a 3rd drug to the combo, and which is far more successful with genotypes 1a and 1b and only requires 24 wks. of treatment.
If you would like to be a part of our family here, please start a new topic (click on New Topic instead of Reply) and introduce yourself and your situation.
Post Edited (hep93) : 4/19/2010 5:11:31 PM (GMT-6)
JESSESWIFE, please note: I copied and pasted your original post to a new thread so that more people could see it and respond.
Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 5/11/2010 1:23:01 PM (GMT-6)