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Hearing from real people can bring to life what having liver disease, being on the transplant waiting list, having a liver transplant or donating the organ of a loved one really means. Thank you to those who choose to share their story to help others.

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Zoe Alexander’s Story

Liver disease can develop at any age. At just 35, Zoe Alexander was rushed to hospital with acute liver failure, her life was turned upside down and she wondered whether she would ever see her …

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Carl Taylor’s story

Giving up is not an option. This is a very different article to what I usually write about namely sports and more so motorsport. No, this is an article about myself and my struggles since …

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Maggie’s story

I was born with biliary atresia. Doctors knew I had a bowel problem and they found out from that because I began to get worse and started turning yellow. I have been brought up with …

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Phil Newham’s story

I am raising money for “The British Liver Trust” by cycling from Liverpool to Leeds in June 2015 as I would like to support their hard work in helping other people with Liver Diseases and …

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Ella Overbury’s story

I thought I would share my story with you. I got diagnosed with AIH in November 2012, after a long long struggle. This story is a long one and it starts when I was little. …

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Veronica’s story

In late 2013 my husband was given the terrible news that he had cirrhosis of the liver. He was not a drinker – he enjoyed the odd bottle of beer or glass of wine and …

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Debbie’s story

My husband Matthew has Budd Chiari Syndrome which was diagnosed 5 years ago after a 9 month battle. The doctor said he was 99% sure it was alcohol related cirrhosis which we kept fighting as …

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Kim’s story

From a young age I have had headaches, tiredness and stomach pains. I was diagnosed with growing pains and stress by a local paediatrician. Headaches were diagnosed as sinusitis and they suggested an eye test. …

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Natasha’s story

I’m twenty-one years old, and I have liver disease. My particular flavour of liver disease is Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis, which basically means despite not being a drinker, my liver slowly turned to fat, then got inflamed …

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Mike’s story

I was diagnosed with Haemochromatosis in 2005 and subsequently cirrhosis in 2009 and liver cancer in 2011. I was put on the transplant list in June 2011 and had a transplant six months later. At …

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Joe’s story

In 2013 I suffered acute liver failure from nitrafurantoin induced autoimmune hepatitis. I had been taking this low dose antibiotics for several years for reccurrent water infections and this is believed to of kicked off …

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Laura Milby’s Story

I’m a 29 year old mum to 4 year old girl and happily married. My story started in Oct 2013 when I fell pregnant. I had terrible morning sickness and itchy skin which prompted me …

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Bill Purdue’s Story

Sometimes liver disease occurs for no apparent reason and is only identified when you visit your GP for something completely different. Bill Purdue was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003 and a year later he was …

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Ann & Michael Wilde’s Story

While most of us are able to make the decision whether or not to donate our organs, sometimes this difficult choice has to be left to the family.  Michael Wilde, who was born with Cornelia …

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Ken Plummer’s Story

Ken Plummer is a retired Professor of Sociology, and has celebrated over thirty years of his gay partnership. Whilst visiting California in 2005, he was diagnosed with liver failure after suffering a long list of …

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Elizabeth Cottrel’s Story

Elizabeth Cottrell underwent a liver transplant 20 years ago, and is now living a very normal life with a very positive outlook. She had complained of nausea and fatigue to her GP in the weeks …

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Pat’s Story

Pat Gilbert has been through the trauma of two liver transplants. Within three weeks of receiving her first liver transplant her body rejected it. Another donor was found with an hour to spare, and was successfully …

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Judith’s Story

A stressful job in the NHS as a Practice Manager for 14 years and difficult relations with her colleagues led Judith to drinking regularly at home in the evenings, bringing her a whisker away from …

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Kaye Wragg’s Story

Kaye Wragg, probably best known for her role as PC Diane Noble in The Bill, has grown up with autoimmune hepatitis.  She helped the British Liver Trust raise awareness of liver disease by sharing her story. “Health …

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Marina’s Story

‘You only have one liver’ I was officially diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH) in January 2012, but had been treated for it since August 2011.  It was completely unexpected.  Needless to say it turned my life upside …

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Kate Jakes blog

Kate Jakes has had three liver transplants. Read her inspiring story on her blogspot at

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