Hello and welcome to the Angry Liver- a blog about one man who is adjusting his life around a new diagnosis of Non-Alcholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and advancing fibrosis.
It is obviously not as serious disease as many people cope with every day. I am doing this more for myself- and perhaps to let anyone else going through the same thing to know that they are not alone.
So why the name Angry Liver?
My liver was angry with me, and clearly letting me know. Eventually, I became angry with it as well. Then I realised that I had reached a good place. Being angry about changing your life is okay.
My Bacchanalian propensities would have to change if I wanted to live longer than my parents- who both died at 58. That is a little less than 20 years from now.
I realised that as I was going through the past few months of coping with all the required life changes, I was going through the normal process of greif. I was in denial between the blood-tests and the liver biopsy, I was trying to bargain my way out of a negative outcome, and at last I arrived at anger.
So what is the big deal?
Sometimes in life you find yourself at the proverbial cross-roads. For me, it was giving up a rich lifestyle of fine food, fine drink, and fine travel which had been a carefully cultivated goal of my life. Or, I could continue on as I was and willfully reduce my life expectancy. For the first time in my life, I made a on the spot choice. I would change.
One of my greatest personal passsions in life is wine. From spending time collecting, enjoying, and sharing wine with friends and even having it become a small part of my job- suddenly I felt I was going from 100 MPH to 0. No more wine. No more drink. It felt like no more passion.
I have faced worse, and many other people deal with worse everyday. I have lived through cancer, and lived through a heart attack. While I am only in my late thirties, I had a somewhat tough start in my younger years when it came to health. I finally felt like life was going well, and things were right were I wanted it to be.
So what is the long term of this blog?
To just give me a place to put my thoughts- and to help me look back and realise that I am making progress. If some of you would like to come along for the ride, you are welcome. If you have NAFLD or Fatty Liver Disease yourself and would like to talk or contribute please do.
So for now- welcome to the Angry Liver.