Read a really wonderful, inspiring heartwarming story about two old friends which you can read here that I’d like to share to give you and your loved ones in the nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) community.
I think NASH is widely misunderstood by the general population, even looked down upon, because people often misunderstand NASH. They automatically assume that the person who’s been diagnosed with the disease is an alcoholic because they’ve developed cirrhosis of the liver. I feel for them.
The woman in the article was so brave… She’d basically been housebound for nearly 20 years after her diagnosis of NASH.
She’d made countless trips to the doctor, several trips to the hospital – particularly to have 10 or more pounds of fluid drained from her body because her liver was no longer functioning effectively. The suffering woman, sadly, is no stranger to NASH because, for nearly two decades, her own mother first suffered from the debilitating condition.
Research has identified a genetic link although it is thought that NASH is still a lifestyle-driven condition. People who have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and carry a specific gene known as PNPLA3, have an increased risk of developing cirrhosis, scarring of the liver, which is progressive.
Knowing she didn’t stand a chance of getting a good spot as a recipient from a donor list, the woman went to Facebook with a plea for help. Instantly, a childhood friend, whom she hadn’t spoken to (in person) in years learned of the dire situation. Ultimately, she gave her sick friend a Valentine’s Day card. But instead of “giving her heart” – she crossed the heart out and wrote in “liver” which got the message loudly and clearly to her sick friend that she’d gladly donate part of her liver to help save her friend’s life!
How absolutely FREAKING AMAZING is that?! What makes someone have the courage to do such a selfless and caring act of kindness? Hmm.. All I can say is the generous friend surely had a kind and generous Momma! Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, this is a timeless inspirational story for the NASH community and women in general!