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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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Clare’s story

I had always enjoyed drinking, you know, I really liked the taste. After a divorce, I increased drinking, then got myself into a domestic violent …

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Craig Miller’s story

My Amazing and Breakthrough Story After years of poverty, alcoholism, crime and near death, I finally have my break in life, my Cirrhosis (I was …

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Walter Trout

Following a liver transplant, and extensive rehabilitation, the esteemed Bluesman feels strong enough to resume his career of fifty plus years.  Trout shares, “The last …

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Jon Alward’s Story

In 2006 I was diagnosed with hepatitis C. Since I had no symptoms I did nothing about it until about 2 years ago. Shortly after …

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Jade Jackson’s Story

I was diagnosed at 19 just 18 months after having my daughter, which is thought to have been the trigger. I was convinced that having …

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Gordon Brown’s Story

In January 2011 I went to the doctors with a chest infection whilst chatting to her I mentioned that I had lost a lot of …

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Bob Whatmough’s story

Below is information regarding my health problem and the technology that gave me a new lease of life. A dad-of-four underwent a life-saving liver transplant …

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Olivia’s story

Olivia is currently on the transplant list having suffered from Biliary Atresia since childhood. Read her inspiring story on her blog

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Jenni’s story

Jenni has been living with Autoimmune Hepatitis since the age of 13 and was put on the transplant list and had a successful transplant in …

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Jane’s story

I was 20 years old and living a normal life. My partner and I had set our wedding date for Sept 1989. I became ill …

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Bronagh’s story

I am 39 years old from Northern Ireland, married and we have a 10 year old son. In May 2014 I started to feel unwell, …

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Stephanie’s story

Around this time last year, I didn’t really think anything of it when my GP said that my liver levels were higher than they should …

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Kirsty’s story

As described on my blog, I was diagnosed aged 20 with autoimmune hepatitis. Unfortunately, this liver inflammation had been ongoing for an unspecified length of …

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Lucy’s story

I have auto immune hepatitis. I had my first liver transplant in January 2012 after giving birth to my daughter in June 2011. I then …

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Richard’s story

My Story: In order for me to try and understand my own situation, I had to be brutally honest and try and psychoanalyse myself. Only …

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Pamela’s story

My story begins back in 1987 with one symptom; unbearable itching from head to toe. I went to my GP who sent me for blood …

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Charley’s story

I first started to notice something was wrong in June 2015 on holiday, there was nothing specific, but I just knew. Around two weeks after …

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Jim’s story

A short, hopefully inspirational, account by Jim Cashion Introduction I have decided to write this account based on my experience of suffering from Cirrhosis of …

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John’s Story

LIVING WITHOUT A LIVER In March I turned bright yellow.  This amazed Caroline, my partner, and amused my fellow members at the Fitness Centre.  I …

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Cliff’s story

Until 27-12-2012 I was living in Wrexham & had my own retail shop since January 2003. On 8-10-2012 I woke up with jaundice. Got an …

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Saima’s story

In April 2014, just after my 17th birthday, I had acute liver failure, which led to my diagnosis of Autoimmune Hepatitis. This condition was life-altering, …

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Day and Jared’s story

Day and Jared’s dad was given a blood transfusion that hadn’t been properly tested and he contracted hepatitis C. The virus caused cirrhosis of the …

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Noam Tamir’s story

Because of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) Noam Tamir is in the late stages of liver failure and needs a transplant. His son Jonny is giving 61% …

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Alexis’ story

I had been feeling slightly nauseous for a while. I would have a normal meal and then would feel a little bit dizzy. After spending …

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Amy’s story

Living with a Liver Disease I have thought long and hard about posting and writing this, not only because it’s so personal but in a …

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Pinny’s story

I went to my GP back in 2000 because I had been suffering with diarrhoea for rather a long time. I was referred to a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Sophie’s Story

When most people hear ‘liver disease’ more often than not they think of alcohol and older men, but here I am, a 32 year old …

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Michael Beckett’s story

Michael went to his GP in 2011 feeling unwell. When he was informed that he had alcohol related liver disease Michael stopped drinking immediately. However, …

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Nick’s story

Hi my name is Nick Unitt and this is the story of the incredible fight for survival that I have been through. I was born …

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Clare’s story

Well back in January 2013, I decided to change my life, I was unhappy with my job and my marriage, I got a new job …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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