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Jan 31, 2017 · Professional Outdoorsman Lives Life to the Fullest After Liver Transplant

I received my transplant on 2/16/2008 after waiting over 4 years on list. Having ulcerative colitis for 4 years I was diagnosed with bile duct cancer weighing 310 lbs after gaining 60 lbs from the prednisone. Ended up gaining all that weight was the best thing for me. From the CNA’s to the surgeons every employee at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN was as caring and attentive as any family member was. The thing I appreciated the most was not one dr that I saw, and there you get an entire team of dr’s working together, ever gave me a timeframe of how long I had to live where my local dr’s 4 hours east had mentioned just that to me more times than I can count and I outlived 2 of them so far. Not until tithe day prior, Friday the 15th, the head surgeon Dr. Rosen came to ask me if I wanted to go home and be with family or stay there because he didn’t believe I would make it until Monday. I decided to stay for two reasons. First was the IV pain meds and second not one time did I ever believe I wasn’t going to make it. Next morning Dr Rosen showed up at 8 am asking me if I was up for getting a new liver. I thought it was a dream. He told he wasn’t guaranteeing I’d survive the surgery, but if I agreed to the procedure it would be at noon, four hours from now and my closest family member was 4 1/2 to 5 hours away with her driving. I told Dr Rosen if he did his thing I’d will myself thru one more surgery weighing only 134 lbs after having lost 175 lbs over the 4+ years. It will be my 9 year annaversary in 16 days from time of this letter. So never listen to anyone telling you how long you have to live or what you can will yourself thru because none of us have an expiration date anywhere on us and only your faith will decide when it’s your time. Dr Rosen and Dr Heimbach are two of the most confidence building Dr’s I’ve ever met where just hearing their voice put me in a state of calmness and feeling that the transplant surgery was just a means to the end. I always believed that there was a reason for everything and found out a few years later in a letter along with medical journal that because of the different clinical trials on Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) that I agreed to let the research teams access to blood samples and anything else they needed in hopes of finding a cure or prevent from progressing they had made significant progress in prevention of PSC becoming Cancer of bike ducts. I hope you get yours soon and remember you are at the best place you can be. Mayo!

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