Hi, cin cin. I'm so sorry about
your friend. The topics that Pink Grandma mentioned are right beneath this one on the Hepatitis forum.
To qualify myself, I was diagnosed with hep C in '93, which developed into liver cancer. I had cancer treatment at Mayo Clinic to shrink the huge tumor, and then surgery to remove the right lobe of my liver in May '07, with no recurrence of the cancer to date. However, I still have the hep C and cirrhosis. I'm also a sober alcoholic with no alcohol consumption for 22 years.
From what you have described, it sounds like your friend's husband is an alcoholic. And he misses his "drinking buddy" (your friend.)
There will be no chance of a transplant until your friend has been alcohol free for 6 mos., with regular AA meetings or some other support system approved by the transplant team. However, I applaud her month of sobriety. She will have a much better chance of abstaining if she goes to AA.
As to the rapid weight loss, it could actually be her diabetes. How closely is that being monitored? And what is her diet like? Is she eating healthful, appropriate foods? Is an endocrinologist or primary care physician monitoring her diabetes? Is she seeing a hepatologist or gastroenterologist (GI doc) for the liver disease? It is difficult to answer your questions w/o more information. However, you asked if she could die even though she has stopped drinking. The answer is "yes." That is true of everyone on this forum who has liver disease. Treatment for hep C, abstinence from alcohol, a healthful diet, and close monitoring by medical specialists can slow the progression of the disease. Of course, a transplant (if she qualifies and if it works) will give her a whole new life. Being qualified for one and placed on the waiting list is not as simple as it sounds, though. She needs to get her health under control, regardless.
I hope this info, and that given on other parts of this board, will be helpful to you. You are a good friend to be seeking answers about her condition, and wanting to help her.
Post Edited (hep93) : 8/24/2008 9:47:25 PM (GMT-6)