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Debbie Akers: Thankful to my donor each and every day

Transplant recipient, Debbie

My journey started with a visit to my dermatologist.

Yes, a strange place to find out my liver was not functioning correctly. They ordered labs before starting me on some medicine, and when they called to say I had to see a Gastroenterologist as soon as possible, I was shocked.

After multiple test and doctor visits I was told that I had NASH and I needed a transplant to live. After many months of tests, labs, and trips to my hospital I was put on the transplant waiting list in June of 2019.

I had good days and bad the swelling was horrible and I required paracentesis weekly. Finally, on a cold February Saturday morning I got my call. I arrived at my transplant center and was prepped and ready in a matter of hours. My surgery went well. Very little pain and after a 10 day stay, and a pretty easy recovery at home, I’m living my life to the fullest with my new liver.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of the person who unselfishly made the decision to be an organ donor. I’m so thankful for my transplant team who continues to take care of me. Bless those who are waiting on the list as well as those who are just beginning their transplant journey.

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