Women seek fundraising ideas for liver transplant

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM.

Thompson is on a waiting list for a liver following a primary biliary cirrhosis diagnosis in 2009. The disease causes irritation and swelling of the liver’s bile ducts, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bile, a fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, aids digestion of fatty acids.

"The liver starts to attack itself and they don't know why,” she said of the condition, which often affects middle-aged women.

"There is no help or cure for it," Lundy said. "The only alternative is a transplant."

More than half of patients reportedly lack symptoms upon diagnosis, but Thompson has begun to feel the effects.

 "I feel okay, but I get tired very easily," she said, adding she has bouts of itching, a common side effect.

Other symptoms can include abdominal pain and jaundice.

Later this month, Thompson will make her fourth trip to Jackson Memorial Hospital to meet with doctors. It’s the closest medical facility that can assist her.

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