Team Screw You, Cirrhosis
Walk for Fun? Walk for Life!
I'm on a personal mission to help the American Liver Foundation in the fight against liver disease, and I need your help.
Donating is easy! Just click the grey "Support Bonnie" button to get started. If you want to join my team and walk with me and my family at this year's Liver Life Walk, click "Join Bonnie's Team." We would love to see you there!
My Personal Story
I had my gallblader removed when I was eight weeks old. At the age of eighteen, I began experiencing signs of health problems. After almost a year's worth of testing, I was diagnosed with cirrhosis when I was nineteen. The cirrhosis was caused by a birth defect in my bile ducts that was supposedly fixed during my surgery as a baby. Sometime between then and nineteen, the bile ducts shut down and caused a back-up of bile and other toxins into my liver and spleen. I had a choledochojejunostomy in May 2008. My surgeon used a portion of my lower bowel as a makeshift bile duct in order to reroute the bile into the correct areas without potential for any more problems.
However, it is a struggle every day. My diet restrictions (Chinese food, Japanese food, Mexican food, fried foods, fatty foods, and fish are forbidden), being 24 and unable to drink alcohol, avoiding cigarette smoke as much as possible, researching every medicine that is prescribed (ibuprofen and medicines that contain alcohol are prohibited), and basically watching every single thing that goes into my body, that I do, or that is around me leads to a stressful, overly aware lifestyle that people my age shouldn't have to endure.
I have been happy and healthy since May 2008. It has been over five years, and I thank God every day for my continuing good health. With the help of my wonderful parents, supportive family, and amazing husband, I finally feel like a "normal" twenty-four year old girl. Well, as normal as a twenty-four year old girl with liver disease can feel.
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Time: Registration is at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.
Location: Cricket Field in Forest Park