Pam Moll's Liver Cancer Transplant
My lovely wife and friend Pam has liver cancer. She was diagnosed with liver disease about 10 years ago--non-alcoholic cirrhosis, an autoimmune disease. But on our last visit to Mayo they found cancer. It was known a transplant would be needed at some point. She has been seeing a specialist at the Mayo Clinic Rochester for the last 10 years. Due to the many symptoms that have greatly dimished her quality of life, she has not been able to work for at least the last two years.
This has been hard for her, as she had to resign her position at US Bank as project analyst which kept her occupied and busy each day. Having two grandkids, Kylie 11 and Zachary 15, and having them tell her they wished she could do stuff with them is heartbreaking for her.
Pam was diagnosed with liver cancer on our latest trip down in mid-December. She was placed on the transplant list about 2 yrs ago, but instead of a deceased donor liver which is far more common, it had to be a living donor. So she had to find her own donor match. Mayo had told us liver patients hardly ever find a living donor. By a miracle, my son Jonny (25), Pam's stepson, graciously volunteered to be screened a year and a half ago, the first one. He passed most things on the list, but was told it wasn't a good time. He rescreened this fall and was approved as a match just in November! The first person being screened being a match is almost impossible odds. Like a million to one. We see this as a miracle, and believe it is meant to be, and is the way He has planned it to be. We are told it is a good time to go ahead with the transplant. Surgery has been scheduled for January 30th, just a few short weeks away.
Naturally, it is both an exciting as well as anxious time. We are thrilled that after suffering for years with this disease, that Pam will get her life back, feel better almost instantly, and be able to finally enjoy the simple things in life, such as going on a bike ride or going swimming with the grandchildren.
Funds will be used for medical expenses, Jonny's living expenses (he'll be off work up to 6 weeks) and accomodations/living expenses in Rochester post-surgery (she's there for about 4 weeks after surgery).
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