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My name is Dennis. I have used my “moniker” of dmanflan for years on multiple websites. I had to work on creating something I could remember, while still being somewhat anonymous. I am a father of 3, grandfather of 1 (so far), and husband for more than 39 years (1973) who will be eternally grateful to my family for sticking with me during my dark days!
I received a new liver in July of 2008. I contributed to the destruction of my native liver with alcohol. I had been completely sober for almost 2 years before my transplant and hold on to my sobriety very strongly to this day.
I had a long journey thru very deep depths of cirrhosis. I spent a lot of time in the hospital or rehab due to extended periods of hepatic encephalopathy (HE), sky rocketing blood glucose levels (Type II Diabetes), e Coli from some unknown source and a variety of other problems. Only after the depths of negative health incidents did I really get serious about getting an organ transplant.
I'm here because I want to help people with Alcoholic Liver Disease. I have had a liver transplant but I will always remember what it was like to go through end-stage liver disease. I really enjoy spreading the word about liver disease, its treatments and trying to shatter myths. I have such a spark in me to try to return as much effort that I can to support many transplant related areas: 1) donor registration; 2) fellow recipients and people waiting for transplants; 3) donor families; 4) organizations that contribute to our community such as ALF and Donate Life. I love to give my opinion on these topics! I do volunteer work for all of these organizations.
My advice: Always be brutally honest with yourself AND your medical team-it is the only way they can help!!! I won't sugar coat anything, especially the causes of my own disease. I try to follow the old Cub Scout motto: “do your best”, which applies to so many different parts of life, even for us oldie/moldies!
Feel free to PM me anytime if there is something specific you want to know or discuss. I will try to offer love and support as well as laughter. I think that’s what’s so wonderful about this site. To quote a fellow traveler on this site: “We laugh, cry and rant and moan together. Sometimes all at once”! I think discovery is also very evident on MDJ!
Moon Watcher was the name Arthur C. Clark gave to the inspired ape who learned to use tools in his novel 2001 A Space Odyssey. A humble medical technician by trade, I use my knowledge of medical terminology with the internet as a tool to learn how alcohol has affected my health, and more importantly how to identify and control the damage it has done.
With the use/abuse of alcohol still widespread in the world today, I've found it remarkably difficult to get straight answers regarding how to limit the damage alcohol does in those who drink, and how best to undo damage that occurs in those who have drank too much.
When drinkers get in trouble, doctors tell us "Just Don't Drink and hope for the best". While this is good advise, there is an ocean of knowledge out there tucked away in obscure medical journals (PubMed) of legitimate research done by real doctors detailing precisely how damage from alcohol occurs, how to limit damage in those who drink, and how best to heal and/or slow progression of disease in those who have drank too much.
With fatty liver disease at epidemic levels and widespread abuse of alcohol still common in the world today, I feel it's high time both doctors and patients started looking deeper into how best to deal with these problems if we wish to avoid a tsunami of liver disease in the 21st Century.
I'd like to help with this process if I can.
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