One Year Post Op Report

10 Jul

One year ago today I was hospitalized not because I was sick but because I was blessed with perfect health. I was able to give 1/3 of my liver to my mom who was suffering from advance liver cirrhosis. I’m at Kumamoto University Hospital again for my first year check up. The results show that my liver is functioning at a 100%. My mother is here also, for her one year check up. Her test are a little more serious. They have to biopsy the liver, give her a CT scan, and blood tests.
Today, my mother and I call it our 2nd birthday, meaning our second chance at life. I am so grateful to have survived the last year. I didn’t realize how difficult it was for me both physically and emotionally. I was in survival mode. With a year’s time to process, I believe what I went through last year was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It wasn’t giving the liver to my mom or the physical part. Although that was extremely painful. The hard part was letting go of the past, the anger, & the fear. Allowing to be unstuck and learning to love my family. Many people tell me how heroic I have been to be a donor, others tell me how I have given my mother a gift. The truth is, I am the one who received the greatest gift of all. I have a family, I have a mother, I feel truly loved for the first time in my life. This has allowed me to open up to be loved by all. How lucky am I to have had this experience. I am so proud of my mother who has recovered from liver disease and her other disease. She has been sober for a year and half. I never thought this would be possible, I am truly grateful.
My scar still hurts and itches, but my doctors tell me its quite normal. My uncle told me that the pain is just a sign that “my body is alive.” I guess that’s a pretty good way to look at it. My mom has been getting her treatment in the U.S. at the UCLA Pfleger Liver Institute. They have been extremely thorough and understanding as we have transferred her care from Japan to the States. I highly recommend UCLA for any who need consultation regarding liver disease and liver transplantation.
On a humorous note, I was discussing with my mom whether it was possible for me to become a liver farm. If the liver grows back to its normal size eventually, is not possible to harvest my liver again? My mom asked her doctor and he said “no”. I think it is possible, they are just trying to deter me from my newest business venture as a liver farmer.

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One Response to “One Year Post Op Report”

  1. Laura Stinchfield July 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    This is so sweet and awesome. I am so happy that you have a family! I am not sure about the whole “liver farmer” thing. Though I share your interest in it. I want to know if your mom has become more like you because she has part of your liver and I want to know if you find yourself psychically connected to her. Did you feel it when she had the biopsy?

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