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Autoimmune Hepatitis is a liver disease, which primarily affects females (70%) in adolescence or early adulthood. This disease results when there occurs an abnormality of the body’s immune system causing the liver to become inflamed and no longer function properly. Your immune system normally attacks bacteria, viruses and other invading organisms. It is not supposed to attack your own cells causing long-term inflammation and liver damage. Autoimmune Hepatitis often occurs suddenly. Initially, a person may feel like they have a mild case of the flu. To confirm a diagnosis of Autoimmune Hepatitis, a doctor will use blood tests and a liver biopsy.

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Jillian Goodwin

To make a long story short, I was diagnosed 2 months after my one and only son was born in 2008. My hepatologist managed my disease with MANY medications. I had a few hospital stays between 2008 & 2015, most of the visits were due to fluid build up in lungs & stomach.

In December 2015, I had varicose veins burst, I was found unconscious at home and was in a coma for 32 days.

In February 2016 I was sent home after rehabilitation. It was all downhill after that. I started having encephalitis episodes, seizures, more ascites...whatever could go wrong-did.

Finally, I received a liver transplant in December 28,2016. Now I'm trying to build muscle again, weight, etc. which is extremely difficult.

But I fought this battle for my heart, my world, my son Raul who is now 9. I plan to keep fighting.

Related terms: Autoimmune hepatitis, Liver Transplant

Page updated: June 29th, 2017


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