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Jamie Chitwood

Jamie Chitwood is the new Community Outreach Coordinator at our Mid-America Division. Here's her story!

I was born January 8, 1982 and diagnosed not long after that with Biliary Atresia. I received my Kasai, which ended up being unsuccessful thus requiring me to be put on the Liver Transplant waiting list.

On October 15, 1984 I received my Liver Transplant at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital (we are from St. Louis, MO however they were not doing liver transplants there during that time so my family and I had to travel to PA).

"The best advice I have for liver patients is to be your own advocate. In addition, do not allow your disease to define you!"

My liver was from a child who passed away, unfortunately that is all the information I know. I just recently celebrated my 33rd Liver Transplant Anniversary. I am happy to report that I have been doing extremely well...off all my medications and have not experienced any rejection.

I have had a very normal life even with my transplant (played volleyball as a child and through high school, went out of state for college, coach high school volleyball, volunteer for various organizations, own 5 dogs, am a licensed foster parent, and etc.).

There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of my donor and his/her family and thank them for these 33 extra years because without their selfless act of donating their child's organs I would not be here.


To visit the Mid-America page, go here. To visit the Mid-America Facebook page, click here.

Page updated: November 24th, 2017

 

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