The Grateful Struggle
Hi, I'm a 49 year old male who has end stage liver cirrhosis. For years there were no symptoms and I was living a "normal" life. My wife and I have two beautiful kids a boy and a girl and for a while there it seemed like we had a charmed life. Then the symptoms started. It's now 2015 and back in 2011, suddenly my stomach swelled and I became very distended. Then my legs and feet became swollen. Went to Emergency and they gave me diuretics and I stayed over night. Somehow throughout the night I was able to urinate all the excess water and everything went back to the right size. Referred to a specialist, I was put on lasix medication which helped a lot. However the underlying issue of my damaged liver which was rapidly getting worse, wasn't treated until more tests were done. Long story short, I'm now waiting for my liver transplant and there have been many ailments that have befallen since the initial diagnosis. Too many to discuss here. All I can say is that I'm grateful for my struggle because it's brought about a huge change in my attitude towards life in general and hopefully once I get well I'll be able to help others.