I never thought I would hear the words… “you have liver cancer”
I felt healthy. I was training for a half marathon. I had a lot of things to do. How could this be?
So, when a little shadow showed up on my liver during a test for something else, it really seemed like nothing to worry about. After all, I was 51 years old and— as far as I knew— I didn’t have liver disease.
But, I wanted to be sure so I had more tests. Before I knew it, I was one of the tens of thousands of Americans who are diagnosed with liver cancer each year.
The news was devastating.
I have two beautiful kids, a loving husband, and parents who don’t want to out-live me. I teach four- and five-year-old children. People depend on me.
The numbers for liver cancer are startling: In the U.S., liver cancer rates have more than tripled since 1980 (while other cancers have declined). Worldwide, liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
When my family and I heard my diagnosis, we were scared. We had many questions and needed answers.
The American Liver Foundation was there for us. Through ALF, I received information and support that can be hard for people with liver cancer to find. I am not alone. ALF is dedicated to helping individuals – living anywhere in the U.S. – with any of the 100 known liver diseases.
ALF is raising awareness; providing education to patients and their families; encouraging early detection and funding critical research. In fact, this powerful organization has provided over $26 million in research awards to over 850 scientists. Now, that is a mission I can believe in. That is why I am supporting the American Liver Foundation.
I recently learned that ALF was an early supporter of research on hepatocellular carcinoma conducted by Dr. Debanjan Dhar’s at the University of California. The outcomes of his study on liver cancer’s initiation and progression may lead to earlier diagnoses and better treatments. You can help ALF support research on a range of liver conditions.
An early diagnosis, medical breakthroughs and great doctors saved my life!
Today, I am asking you to open your heart and help save others. If we all do our part, we can defeat liver disease.
On behalf of myself and all of the individuals and families who rely on the American Liver Foundation—a heartfelt thank you.
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