In mid-September 2010 my best friend from college, Amy, went to the ER one night with excruciating stomach pain. A week later she was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. After a few months of treatments and tests it was determined that a liver transplant would be her only option of living longer than a year. Her name was put on the national list for a cadaveric donor but for various reasons she was fairly far down on the list and could’ve been waiting a long time, longer than her prognosis gave her. Truly her best and only viable option was having a liver transplant from a living donor. Yes, you read that correctly. She needed someone who was alive and well, AND a match physiologically, to give up part of their liver so that she could live.
As soon as “the call” went out to her friends and family, countless people came forward to see if they were a match. A handful of her friends and family members were blood type matches, which is the first step, however after further testing it turned out that only one woman is a true match. She is a 30 year old family friend named Olivia. Amy and Olivia do not know each other well, though their mothers are best friends.
And today, dear readers, is the transplant surgery. Olivia is giving Amy the left lobe of her liver which will replace Amy’s entire cancer ridden liver. This miraculous, self-less gift of life is truly more than I can wrap my head around.
I ask that all of you please say a prayer or throw up a peace sign or however it is that you give positive energy to the universe in the name of Amy and Olivia today. They are both inspirations for me; Amy with her positive, fighting spirit and Olivia with her selfless kindness.
Love and light to both of them today.