My name is Cynthia, and I am asking for your help to save my life.
I was diagnosed with PBC/Primary Biliary Cholangitis in 2000. I was symptom free until 2016. All my life I have been healthy, prescription free, no surgeries and no other illnesses. I attribute it all to my lifestyle of eating well, not eating out or having fast foods. I have been on the transplant list for just over 4 years.
I am a retired teacher. I taught high school Language Arts with the Dept. of Education in Hawaii on the Island of Oahu. After coming back to the contiguous US. I bought a home in Florida to be close to my two daughters and began the evaluation process again with Mayo in Jacksonville FL. I later moved up to Maine. In Maine I taught Global Studies at a small private college. That is when my symptoms started in 2016…after being symptom free for 16 years when I was diagnosed with PBC/Primary Biliary Cholangitis.
My doctors always said I need a living donor. I am very independent and do everything on my own. I do know I am declining. I want to live to spend time with my 5 grandchildren who are still young. And I want to continue to teach - teaching is my passion.
I know I could add other accomplishments and future goals and this could get quite lengthy…My goal is to live, I want to live!
I am seeking a living donor. I am asking this of both friends and strangers, because I have no immediate family available to donate. Living donor transplants generally have better outcomes and can be arranged at a time convenient for both parties. No waiting and wondering while my body continues to weaken.
Thank you for saving my life.