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Loving My Liver

I came across a note the other day and have been pondering what the note read: “Love your liver”. After really thinking about this subject, my thoughts of how I love my liver became clear.

Loving your liver is not a physical type of love. And, it is not the emotional part of the meaning of love. Sure, we can talk to our livers, but that is not what I thought of when I saw that message, “Love your liver”. For me, I jotted down a few notes on what I do to love my liver. 

Why I need the reminder

Having end stage liver disease, I have times where I just really am angry at my liver for not doing its job in my body any more. For not filtering the toxins out of my system, causing me to have brain fog and hepatic encephalopathy. I get angry at my liver for basically making me feel bloated and unattractive because I swell somedays in my abdomen. I am angry when I wake up feeling nauseous and run down. I have many nights of insomnia that is linked to my struggling liver as well. 

I have a page of frustrated, angry, and upset emotions towards my liver. However, I can’t blame it, given my liver was attacked for over 46 years with hep C. However, I can be mad that my liver is causing me so much discomfort and agony in my life.  Let’s face it, we all want our lives to be perfect and run smoothly, but this liver issue I struggle with hinders me from living my normal life.  I am constantly reminded by my liver that it is sick and not working properly.

It’s a miracle that I’m here

But as I sat there one morning, thinking of reasons to actually love my liver, I began to see that it is a miracle I am even here today being end stage liver disease. I watched my mother pass away from end stage liver issues and it tore my life apart.  Made me face my own mortality and death potentially.  Here is this organ in my body that could have grown weaker and gave in to the fight against hep C… but did not. My liver knew that I needed it and it fought hard to defend off the virus that was beginning to win against it.

The least I could do now is show some respect for that battle it just fought… Be grateful I am here (I guess) to complain about my symptoms I so hate having.

How I support my liver

Turning my thoughts in that direction, I saw that in all actuality, I do love my liver. I do my best daily to aide in its recovery against end stage. I never was a drinker and partier type person, but I do not drink alcohol. I also limit the medications I take, and I eat clean, easy foods for my liver, such as a lot of vegetables, fruit, and water.  I maintain regular liver checkups, I exercise, and do my best to get fitness into my hectic schedule.

I now realize that, deep down, I do love my liver for all it has done for me and what it continually is doing for me.  I vow to continue to do all I can to ensure its survival. Now, it is I that owes my life to my liver. ~I love my liver.~

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Comments

  • brendawhitlock
    8 months ago

    I too had ESLD. I had a transplant and I was wondering if you are listed? I hope you are as I suddenly got cancer in my liver. I didn’t have time to go through all the tests and classes at that point. Luckily my doctor insisted on getting me listed early on. So when I got cancer it didn’t have time to metastasize and I was transplanted quickly. I would also like to say— keep an eye on your kidneys, I am now being evaluated for a kidney transplant. It sucks but it’s what I got so I’ll deal with it. Best of luck and keep loving your liver…and kidneys!!❤️

  • Susan Simon moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi Brenda. I am so sorry you got liver cancer but so happy you caught it early. One of our moderators had much the same journey as you did. She was transplanted as well, and is happy and healthy today. Some people. (not you) believe that cirrhosis is end stage liver disease, but it is not. Just because a patient is stage 4 does not mean they are end stage. However, they should be monitored twice a year for liver cancer. I am glad your story has this happy ending. Stay well, my friend. (Sue, Community Moderator)

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