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9/19/13 3:41 P

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Hello fellow Sparkers! I'm new to the site and am learning the ropes. This seems like a very supportive place to be and I want to share a little about myself , what brought me here and why this is so important to me.

I am 1 week short of 63 years old and have a myriad of chronic diseases, some old, some new, some devastating and some easily manageable. First, type 2 diabetes using U500 insulin administered through an insulin pump. Hypertension, portal hypertension, pulmonary hypertension, hypothyroidism, vitamin D deficiency, low iron, low platelates, stage 3 kidney failure, but the one that really rocked my world is non-alcoholic chronic liver disease. It is so hard to manage and causes many episodes of hepatic encephalopathy, even though i take my medication and follow my cirrhosis diet religiously. My nephrologist has put me on a vegan diet and I'm working hard to learn all i can. So far, tofu ain't so bad! Until i lose about 100 pounds i don't quality for a liver transplant. He says he won't begrudge me an occasional piece of fish so here I am with guys. So, in a nutshell, that's my health status. I have a great support group of family, friends, and church friends who watch after me, take me where i need to go (I can no longer drive), and never leave me by myself.

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