Mike has been with his brother this month, coming home some weekends to help us move. He and his brother both had Hep C and cirrhosis from the usual causes..drugging as a kid, and too much booze since then.
Mike cleaned himself up, qualified for transplant, did well after, and cleared his Hep C along the way.
His bother did not qualify for transplant and continued to drink even after his Hep C was cured. He pretended he was sober, but not really...maybe he drank less often, or less each day...not sure what he was thinking.
But he is not going to get out of it this time. He had hepatocellular carcinoma several times. And was treated with radio frequency ablation, I think that is what it was. It did not disqualify him for transplant, so I know it was small His MELD score didn't get high enough for a VA transplant...those are really high qualification levels...like 30 I think.
Oh, and did I mention he was not really sober. He continued to smoke also, maybe they didn't like that either.
Though they scanned him often, his hepatocellular carcinoma metastasized to his spine and for the last months he has been using a wheel chair and has no feeling or strength below the navel. He was sent home to rest...
For the past month he has been in the hospital and 3 weeks ago moved to hospice. He has failed quickly. He is only 73 pounds now. In the last 2 days he has stopped communicating. Last rights today. Mike is there and very sad. The end is near. Hospice assures Mike that his brother is in no pain.
I pray for each of us to have a more gentle transition from this life. Liver disease/liver cancer can be a mean beast.
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.