Liver Transplant: My Story

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AuthorHouse, May 10, 2012 - Medical - 108 pages
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A person without a functioning liver will die. Until a mere 30 years ago, there was no solution for millions suffering from many forms of liver disease, one of which is Hepatitis C, The Silent Killer. The Solution? Transplantation. LIVER TRANSPLANT: MY STORY describes my experience from the first moment of realization that my liver was diseased through to the pre-transplant, actual transplant, and post-transplant periods. It makes clear what the body is going through and what it will go through. All medical descriptions are defined in layman's terms and made completely understandable. It answers many questions such as, "What does the liver do?" This book is written for all those patients who are transplant candidates. It attempts to allay the anxiety they may have as they approach unknown territory. It makes the unknown known, thereby removing the mystery of the impending experience. It also speaks loudly of the inherent value of believing that all will be well. It assures the patient that the miracle of transplantation transforms what had been a death sentence into a gift of life. And here I am, writing all about it.
 

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One of the most emotional personal experiences I've ever read about, was the one that Bernice Miller shared in her moving memoir about her own liver transplant. In her narrative, she brings the reader through an odyssey beginning with the shock of her first learning about the need for a new liver, through the nerve racking wait for a donor organ, to the miraculous surgery, and the wondrous, difficult on-going life-affirming recovery. This is a story of a brave journey, by a courageous, optimistic woman who embraces life to its fullest, even during the most discouraging setbacks.
Her elegant style of writing brings the reader actively into her story. She made it possible for me to be with her every step of the way, with good grace and humor. It was inspiring and beautifully written.
I salute the author.
 

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CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
9
CHAPTER 3
18
CHAPTER 4
23
CHAPTER 5
29
CHAPTER 6
36
CHAPTER 7
47
CHAPTER 8
50
CHAPTER 11
62
CHAPTER 12
69
CHAPTER 13
72
CHAPTER 14
76
CHAPTER 15
83
CHAPTER 16
86
CHAPTER 17
91
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
97

CHAPTER 9
53
CHAPTER 10
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About the author (2012)

Bernice Miller is a published author. She is a Ph.D. recipient with a major in English from the University of Florida. She earned a B.S. degree from Columbia University and an M.A. from Florida Atlantic University. She is a teacher as well. Dr. Miller is a recipient of a liver via transplantation. As such, she has the personal experience of the transplant process. Written for transplant candidates and their family and friends, this book attempts to de-mystify the experience by describing in layman's terms what to expect. She resides in Bal Harbour, Florida.

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