Brian's story

Hi my name is Brian I'm 42 right now . When I was 40 I was diagnosed with liver disease cirrhosis. I started drinking alcohol in highschool and in my 20s got a lot worse as time went on. The day after i got out of the hospital, which they took out 3 liters of fluid out of my stomach ,I stop drinking and smoking cigarettes . I started taking the water pills and low sodium diet and just   Tee spoon of salt here and there . On my 6 month checkup , ultrasound came up cirrhosis, but blood results came out better then before and I was feeling better and no ascites and vein was ok . After about 8 months I started to get stronger and energy was getting better so I got a membership at the gym and started lifting weights and running and stair master . My second visit it's been 1 year and 2 months. All blood results came out normal and no cancer . Ultrasound showed evidence of fatty liver and not cirrhosis. And now I don't take water pills and feel great again and healthy. My advise to anyone is to stay positive, believe in yourself, stop drinking immediately , and all bad habits, and once you start feeling better , exercise, diet and is huge to become better . Anything is possible if you believe In yourself , please never give up . You can do it don't listen to all the negativity the Internet says .  I hope I help someone out there .Soon I will be getting my personal trainer certificate, and professional nutrition certificate, and want to help people with liver disease..

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  • Katie Janoska
    commented 2019-12-02 19:22:29 -0700
    Hi Brian! My story is almost exactly like yours. My question is did you ever experience bleeding gums or itching? My ascites finally seemed to go away after about 8 months of getting drained. Any thoughts on if you think this is a good sign? Thanks!
  • Roselyn Quinn
    commented 2019-08-03 09:25:21 -0600
  • Gina Maiorana
    commented 2019-05-01 16:52:04 -0600
    Thank God for you Brian! Your story has given me some hope. My 27 year old son has just been diagnosed with cirrhosis due to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease that he must have had for a decade and we didn’t know it. He’s having an endoscopy on May 7th I guess to see if there’s any esophageal varices. I just worried my son’s life is going to be cut short and he’s going to die. There is not a day that goes by that I am not panicking and hysterically crying. I asked God why this had to happen to my son. He is my only child. I want to be so inspired by your story. I am and then in a nano second I feel total dread again. I’m so happy that you are healthy you really give everybody hope. Please let us know how you’re doing in time to come. Thank you
  • McCartney Giannoni
    commented 2019-04-23 17:51:15 -0600
    Thankyou for your story very inspirational.
  • Linda Ramsland
    followed this page 2019-04-03 17:30:18 -0600
  • Bambi Tuckey
    commented 2019-02-23 20:48:53 -0700
    God bless you for giving us some hope!!!
  • David D
    commented 2019-02-14 13:05:00 -0700
    Congratulations Brian! It sounds like your hard work and dedication really paid off. I am truly inspired. Currently, I’m in a similar situation (47), attempting to turn things around after being diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis and minor fibrosis. My doc said my liver took a little hit (ultrasound) from years of alcohol abuse, but if I abstain I can live a healthy life. Drank heavily for years, and did not eat properly. My liver enzymes (Alt Ast) went way down after only 2 weeks of no alcohol and a proper diet. I will continue to work hard. Thank you for sharing your story and God bless.
  • Wayne Eskridge
    published this page in Patient Stories 2019-02-13 17:42:05 -0700

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