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Were you a member of our Forum on http://TransplantBuddies.com

Yes


Where did you hear about Transplant Friends?

email


Are You Male or Female?

Female


Share - which illness led up to you needing a transplant?

two liver transplants one in 1995 with non hep a non hep b, after eatting coockles, another in 2006caught a virus had DVT and Gangerene, have lung done in 2008 which no longer works, have also renal failure now, but hey im still here enjoying life,,


Which Organ(s) did you receive? If you are on the waiting list, please share.

liver, 1995, liver 2006


Drugs, vitamins, favorite foods

prograf, 1mg x4 daily, ulceric acid for dvt, 2x2 daily, asprin 1x1, Prozac,x1, nexium,2 x2 seritide 3x3, ventolin 5 x4,


How many years have you had your Transplant for?

1st liver 12 years 2nd since 2006,


I am Interested in Transplant Friends because...

were all in the same boat, and are one big family,


Which Transplant Center has or will perform your life saving surgery?

birmingham queen elizabeth


Share how your transplant experience changed your life?

i can take park in the transplant games, i make cards and raise money for unit


Share whatever information you want us to know about you

Until the age of 29, Sue was fit, well and healthy. At 29, she went on holiday to the seaside. There, she ate some seafood and became unwell, yellow and developed a rash. She visited her GP, who thought she had eczema and prescribed her some cream. Two weeks later, Sue went back to see her GP because she had not improved in any way. She later saw a locum doctor, who told her she h...ad liver failure. At hospital, Sue was also told that she had only months to live. Tests showed that she’d got hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis occurs when there is inflammation (swelling) of the liver, often caused by a virus. She was transferred to a specialist hospital and assessed for a liver transplant. Sue said she was given very little information about liver transplants at that time. She became increasingly ill and was soon too weak to walk. She had her first liver transplant in 1995, aged 29. After surgery, the new liver started rejecting and Sue was given medication to stop the rejection. She spent eight months in hospital. When she was well enough to be discharged, she bought a computer and learnt more about liver transplants on the internet. A month after being discharged, Sue caught a virus and went back into hospital for another two months. There, she met someone who told her about the Transplant Games. She applied to take part and, in 1996, won four medals. Since her transplant, Sue said she has been back to hospital several times for different problems, including pneumonia and lung disease. In 2005, her liver started rejecting and this was a difficult and depressing time. Sue felt that, this time, she was unlikely to survive and had some counselling to help her through her depression. In 2006, Sue was admitted into hospital again and assessed for a second liver transplant. She was placed on the transplant waiting list and told that, without a transplant, she could have only three months to live. During this time, she became increasingly weak, yellow and found it hard to eat. In August 2006, Sue had her second liver transplant and, three weeks later, was discharged from hospital. She recovered well but, in 2008, developed pleurisy of the lung, for which she had surgery. Pleurisy is inflammation of the pleura, the double-layered membrane (covering) that surrounds the lungs. Sue said her first donor was a 42-year-old male who died of a brain tumour. Her second donor was a woman who had died in a road traffic accident. She wrote to both the donor families and contacts them annually around Christmas. She is very grateful to them and said that, without the transplants, she would not be alive today. Sue wondered how she had got liver disease in the first place as she had never drunk alcohol. She felt that her lungs were no longer as strong as before and that her kidney function had been affected by the anti-rejection medications. However, she urged people to get on with life and enjoy it as much as possible, as she did herself.


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card making, dogs


What Part of The World Do you Live? Feel free to share city, state, country

bristol


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  •  Happy Birthday Sue ! 

  • Happy birthday Sue! Have a great day! You should join us for chat on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 2 pm CDT. Hope to see you there!

  •  Happy Birthday Sue ! 

  • Hi Sue!
  • Hi Sue and Welcome to Transplant Friends:)

     

    Thank you for joining! You have a super attitude- I can tell by the way you describe yourself.

    If you have any questions email me transplantfriends@gmail.com or click on instructions top left of the home page.

     

    Join our groups, post a note to our forum or create a blog here.  You can even write on our activity wall.

    Blessings!

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