My name is Melissa, and I am asking for your help to save my life.
I was born with liver disease, and then in 2019 I was found to have a significantly large cancerous tumor on my liver, which was surgically removed. At the end of 2020, another small tumor was found and it was removed though a very targeted radiation treatment. Because I had a second tumor within a short period time, I am at a higher risk to have additional cancerous tumors within the liver.
I am a proud auntie to five nephews and three nieces. They have all had my heart since day one and they keep me young! I am also a life coach who loves seeing the A-HA moments click in for my clients. I believe in the power of the stories we tell ourselves, so I strive to keep mine filled with positivity and gratefulness.
Additionally, I have worked in the medical field for over 30 years and within the cancer world for the last 18. I also lead a very active life, as I am currently training for a triathlon to keep me transplant ready.
I have been called twice for possible transplant, with neither time panning out. This most recent time was so incredibly close! When it did not happen, I decided I need to be more active in finding my donor.
To those with blood types A+, A-, O+, and O- who are considering donating a liver, I will not only be forever grateful, but I will commit to keeping your generous gift as safe, active, and healthy, as much as I humanly can!
The most difficult part of waiting for a transplant is feeling like I can't move forward with some of the plans I had set forth.
One of my greatest hopes post-transplant is to complete a Half-Ironman. Also I have trips to Japan, Norway and Australia on my post transplant travel list. But most important, I look forward to returning to my involvement in community activities and serving on various boards. I love giving back!
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 taking your time to read and understand my current life situation, and we would appreciate you considering donating or spreading the word.
Thank you so much for your consideration!