Latest News:
back to top

Your Stories

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.

If you would like to share your story please click the link below. Your story may be helpful for others.

Click in the menu on the right to read stories about particular liver conditions or other categories.

If you have recently submitted a story and it doesn’t appear in this section then please email us on fundraising@britishlivertrust.org.uk and we’ll look into it.

 

Share your story

 

 

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 …

Read Zoe Alexander’s Story
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 …

Read Joe’s story
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 …

Read Laura Milby’s Story
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 …

Read Marina’s Story
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 …

Read Kaye Wragg’s Story
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 …

Read Judith’s Story
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 …

Read Pat’s Story
Elizabeth Cottrel’s Story

Elizabeth Cottrell underwent a liver transplant 16 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 …

Read Elizabeth Cottrel’s Story
Ken Plummer’s Story

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

Read Ken Plummer’s Story
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 …

Read Ann & Michael Wilde’s Story
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 …

Read Bill Purdue’s Story
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 …

Read Mike’s story