Hi april racer,
Again, I am sorry that you must face this with your Mom. It is an often confusing situation and difficult as best. As a caregiver, you need to be able to take care of yourself. This helps both you and your Mom. Find ways to unwind and get a respite from the day-to-day grind of care giving. It is important.
I'm not an expert but I have had Hep A, B and C for many years and am now facing ESLD.
As I understand it, the term 'end stage' indicates that there are limited options, and if no action is taken, liver failure and death will follow. The time line on that occurring is not a set time and varies from person to person and condition to condition. Someone with little cirrhosis can live many years, while someone with advanced cirrhosis faces a much shorter life span unless a liver transplant is performed.
Liver failure, as I understand it, is a term used for the actual shutdown of liver functions. Again, it is variable from the initial stages where the liver is working, but not at full capacity, to 'acute liver failure', where the liver almost completely stops working. 1shelly1 has a thread that describes the liver functions. If you haven't yet read it, you should.
I don't know if this is helpful or not. I wish you well in caring for your Mom and urge you to take care of yourself. I can only imagine the pain and burden that you caregivers have to carry.
Be well, John
I have to get up the creek! Now where's that paddle?