For those of you that dont know my familys story here is the short version.
My father Mike has two specific incidents that he can think of, one when he was three years old, still living in Italy, where he needed a blood transfusion, and another where a "joke" left him stuck with a dirty needle picked up by a friend off the street. Which incident left him with Hepatitis C we will never know for sure.
Fast forward to his 30's when he first started feeling symptomatic, he always had a sense of extreme fatigue, and although he was a laborer for a construction company he could tell it was more than that, and so tests began. This is when he was official diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a degenerative liver disease. By 40 his liver had failed and he was in the hospital.
His sister Carmela was ready and willing to give my father more than half of her liver, an amazingly large risk that was probably the most incredible thing she could do for any of us. Just the fact that she would risk her life for our father's is something that will stay in our hearts forever!
By some miracle, we received a phone call, my father was being prepped for surgery, they had received a full liver from an organ donor in Ohio that had just passed away, and so my Dad was being taken in and my Aunt was able to keep her whole liver! At this time I was 14, Jaclyn was 12 and Lisa was 10 (even though my Dad told all the nurses he missed his 3 babies).
That was a rough summer, going back and forth between family members homes, because my mother after working every day, was at the hospital every night with my father. We have an amazing family and they took such great care of us!
~For that we will never be able to say thank you enough!~
This year we are 11 years post transplant, this year I am 25, Jaclyn is 23 and Lisa is 21, but best of all, my Dad will be 51!
Every step I take and every dollar I raise will make a difference in the lives of the 30 million Americans living with liver disease. By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the American Liver Foundation provide community-based education and prevention programs, protect the rights of people with liver disease, and fund critical research.
By making a donation you'll take me one step closer to my goal and take all of us another stride closer to a world free of liver disease! Donating is easy, just click a team members name, you'll be sent to their personal page were there is a "Support" button. Any donation is so appreciated!
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xoxo The Natale Family