Her name is Andrea Johnson. She was born and raised here in Atlanta and is the mother of three wonderful children.
At the end of 2009, a routine doctor’s visit where blood was drawn uncovered problems with her thyroid and slightly elevated liver tests, which were thought to be a gallbladder malfunction. These findings along with a visit to a GI doctor uncovered the Hepatitis C virus, Genotype 3; an easily treated and curable form.
Like many Baby Boomers, this diagnosis was a complete shock.
Doctors told Erskine Gillespie he had seven days to live.
A battle with hepatitis B had ravaged his body, leaving him unable to
walk and destroying his liver. When doctors told him he would die in a
week unless he received a liver transplant, Gillespie said he was
certain his time was up.
While many groups raise awareness for need, some people still oppose practice
Paragould resident Jamie Thomason is one of more than 123,000 people in the U.S. needing an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNSO) website.
Thomason said her struggle with diabetes and high blood pressure had caused her to take kidney dialysis treatments three times a week for the last two years. She said she had been through numerous surgeries in order to continue her dialysis treatments and had even lost part of her foot to diabetes. She said she had been on the waiting list for a new kidney since February and could be on the list for as long as four years.
TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ – When you ignore a health issue, it only tends to get worse. Liver disease has been lurking in the dark gaining strength while individuals and governments devote their attention elsewhere. Reports from Statistics Canada and most recently the Canadian Institutes for Health Information (CIHI) however are revealing glimpses of what the future may hold for liver disease patients if action is not taken soon. With rising liver cancer rates and shortages of donor organs, that future looks bleak.
“The most common forms of liver disease – hepatitis B and C, liver cancer and fatty liver disease – are chronic conditions that move slowly and may have few symptoms,” says Dr. Morris Sherman, Canadian Liver Foundation Chairman and practicing hepatologist. “In some cases these diseases may not be discovered until they reach an advanced stage when a transplant is the only option. What is more disturbing however is when diseases like hepatitis B or C are diagnosed at an early stage, patients cannot access the treatment they need to avoid the need for a transplant.”