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163305 tn?1333668571

5th year anniversary

Well folks, today makes five years since my live liver transplant. I won't bother retelling my story but hep C almost killed me, a transplant with my daughter as my donor, returned me to life and finally doing interferon treatment got rid of the nasty virus forever !

Now, I'm healthy, happy, active busy growing a garden, painting and loving life, grateful for the blue sky above and the beauty of nature.

.If you are doing treatment, don't give up and don't let the nasty side effects get you down !  

My best wishes for everyone.
OH
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How wonderful. Sounds like you are appreciating and living your life well. You are a great inspiration! Jo
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142526 tn?1397090672
Happy 5th anniversary OH!  Thanks for sharing, it's very inspirational I'm sure to those who come here reading and looking for answers and for help are all very inspired by your success.
It's a shame that with so many waiting to be transplanted that they don't do these donor transplants here in the states or Canada, etc.. I hope that soon they will consider this in all countries, if they have not already started..
If I didn't already say this before, but think I did, congrats also on your SVR!

You must have a great loving daughter, she sounds so courageous, my best wishes go out to her as well!

Mag
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2059648 tn?1439766665
You have an amazing daughter who really loves her mother.   It doesn't surprise me you are doing so well..... you love life and it clearly loves you.

Congratulation on your 5 year anniversary... I've always thought your story
was very interesting.    

Best to you
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3230925 tn?1397615965
Awsome great to hear :) Hows the painting going?
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317787 tn?1473358451
Congratulations! I think it is so wonderful to hear how well you are doing.
I have not been on much lately and just logged in to see how everyone was doing.
This was one of the most inspiring posts, so happy for you!
Dee
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148588 tn?1465778809
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I want to congratulate you on your 5th anniversary of being reborn. It's just wonderful. Your daughter is so special. My guess is the fruit didn't fall far from the tree....

Nan
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Congratulations!
Stay well and stay happy.

Always,
Mike
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1815939 tn?1377991799
Congratulations, OH!

Sounds like you are truly enjoying life.
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163305 tn?1333668571
They do live liver transplants at some hospitals I know of in the US. Sadly many do not. I think the reason is probably that insurance companies don't want to pay for two surgeries. However, it is true that the donor is putting themselves at risk. We were very fortunate that my daughter had no complications. I did look into the statistics of donor mortality and complications of several liver transplant centers before deciding on one, as her health was a main priority.

Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support.
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Your story is amazing and should always be told here. Can't wait to see the 10 year and beyond anniversary.

Best always,
Cando
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So nice to read all this good news on here, so happy for you that you were able to survive what you have survived, and that you are now having happy good days, hearty congrats!
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446474 tn?1446347682
Congrats!
5 years is a big landmark for sure.

I hope for you many more healthy and happy lives to come!!!

Howie
(5 months and 2 days post TP and cancer free)
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    Congradulations!   I'm so glad that you are healthy and enjoying life.(-:
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1669790 tn?1333662595
Happy anniversary OH to you and your wonderful daughter !!!  Great to hear you're doing so well.  All the best to you.
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4113881 tn?1415850276
Congrats on your 5 years!
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4670047 tn?1375730401
Congrats OH!!! Your a great inspiration! Cheers to many more happy healthy days ahead!! :-)

Kitty
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6708370 tn?1471490210
Congrats to you , OH!
That is a wonderful anniversary to celebrate indeed
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223152 tn?1346978371
Five years.  OH, I remember all the bad times and the good times.  I am so happy you are out of the dark and into the light.  My very best.  Bean
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Oh, OH!

"Now, I'm healthy, happy, active busy growing a garden, painting and loving life, grateful for the blue sky above and the beauty of nature. "

We all have the dream of being able to say what you have said
How wonderful!

Although  I have not had to go through all what you have been…
We all have the dream of being able to say what you have said

Let us hope that we all feel that way!  

Not having this virus will keep others safe, give relief to our families that we have a brighter future to live and love…

Removing the stigma attached will be a great relief for everyone.

peace
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Congrats OH your a true inspiration
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317787 tn?1473358451
Hey girl! I think your story should be told, it is very inspirational.  Do you have it on your journal page?  I know it would help so many people.
Much like Hectors story has helped so many people.
I know it saved my life :)

Dee
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163305 tn?1333668571
The people on this forum have been so supportive and helpful. Thanks to all of you for being there along the journey.

Dee~ I have a private journal which I rarely write in these days. It includes the writings I did in the weeks after my surgery, including my bizarre experience of being the first Westerner to be transplanted  Taiwan.
Often, I've said that if I could find a co-writer, I'd write a book.

These days, I don't spend much time online but I do check in here.

Wishing everyone healthy and contentment in your lives.
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9282382 tn?1402843659
I admire your resolve. The power of positive thinking can't be taken off the list of things a patient's support community provides. It's a lot like when a person is in a gym lifting weights. Let's say you're trying to become proactive and take better care of themselves. You read somewhere that "light resistence training" be  added to a middle age person's workout regime.

For anyone who has ever worked out in a gym lifting ANY amount weight: a five-pound bench press may sound ridiculous. Perform 1000 repetitons of a five-pound weight and eventually you'll find that you cannot perform ONE MORE. Your trainer says, "Come on, you gotta push yourself. I'll spot you. C'mon! You can do this." So, you try one more. The trainer says, "Your almost there! Just a little more. You see him move his arm like he's helping you lift. You get that last repetition. Then you think to yourself that you couldn't have made that last repetition if he had not helped. Then he says, Good job!" Take thrity seconds." You tell him, "Man thanks for helping me on that last one." Invariably, the trainer says, "I was just fooling you. I didn't even touch the weight machine. It was all you!"

I simply cannot tell you how many times I've been in this situation in training programs where I'm observing or being observed.

The bottom line: You can if you think you can. A positive outlook when you're healing and recovering can mean the difference between success or failure.
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