Welcome to the Hepatitis Forum on Healing Well. If you have read our posts you know we are both patients and loved ones/caregivers working through the many types and issues of liver diseases. I am the latter, a loved one.
My partner almost died in 2010 of what I call the hat trick of liver disease: Hep C, Alcholic Chirosis, and Liver Cancer---Heptocellular Carcinoma. He was a drinking man, LOTS of G&Ts and LOTS of wine, all the time...oh and beer. It was a huge problem. And he got really really sick.
When he finally realized he was DONE, he got a referral to a Liver Transplant Center at Jackson Memorial in Miami FL and visited a hepatologist. Dr. Martin put his hand on Mike's knee and told him 3 months...tops...put his affairs in order. GASP. BUT...there was a back door. If if if, he could quit the booze, take some meds, go to AA (or a therapy program or rehab for 6 months), he could qualify for a transplant, though the chances of making it 6 months was iffy. Well, when they put it like that and you feel like shi*, you think about
it. A lot.
So he did all that, quit, went to AA, took the meds, spent a lot of time in the hospital really sick and in May of 2011 got his nice new liver.
Now it is 2017...he is sober since September 2010...and has not looked back. Living is really important.
He has had some issues for sure, but the best thing he every did was to quit drinking.
We have a few members who have stories like yours...one fellow's wife pops in to share there story...he has had some lips and her perspective might be good. And a long time member pops in from time to time and here is a link to one of his posts: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=25&m=2514009
Or go to the search button on the blue bar above and type in his handle: A. Ziffle and read lots of his posts...he knows how it is to be down down down...and to pull himself up.
Good luck to you. A slip or two has not sent you back to square one, it has hit you in the head and reminded you is better to live on the dry side of the tracks.
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.