My skydiving mom gave me a new perspective on terminal illness

Depressed?  Take one skydiving granny and call me in the morning.

My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Her response "I want to go skydiving" a personal story about dealing with chronic and terminal illness.

https://youtu.be/iG17sLXxQIU

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The Philadelphia Enquirer picked up the story and did a nice article in their health section.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/diagnosis-cancer/How-a-skydiving-granny-gave-him-a-new-perspective-on-terminal-illness.html

 

 

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The beast in my belly: Living with a chronic liver disease

This article in the Stanford Medicine blog Scope, talks about a personal journey to stop the progression of cirrhosis through lifestyle changes of diet and exercise.

http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2016/12/20/the-beast-in-my-belly-living-with-a-chronic-liver-disease/


As a stealthy liver disease becomes more common, the search for treatments accelerates

people with NASH usually have no symptoms. It’s estimated that roughly 2 percent to 5 percent of adults in the United States have the disease, and that another 10 percent to 20 percent may have its milder cousin, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, according to the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. NASH is expected to become the most frequent reason for liver transplants by 2020.

https://www.statnews.com/2016/10/06/stealthy-liver-disease/


Cirrhosis, a silent killer that threatens one fifth of adults

The local newspaper wanted to do a story about liver disease and came along on a visit with my hepatologist.  This is a link to their article.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865644704/Silent-killer-Doctors-battling-liver-disease-that-threatens-one-fifth-of-adults.html


My experience with MRI elastography

As an analytical tool the GE MRI elastography was a vital tool in understanding my particular liver disease.  GE wrote a story about it and published it in their magazine GE Reports

http://www.gereports.com/this-mri-imaging-technique-helped-clinicians-unmask-silent-liver-disease/


Living with chronic liver disease

liver-image.jpgOn the morning of December 23, 2010, after having my gall bladder removed, I was shown a picture of my liver and told I had a stage 4 liver cirrhosis. It was a powerful and frightening moment – one that is seared into my memory. And one that began more than a half-decade of tests, misdiagnoses, and, eventually, lifestyle changes.

 

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