Hi i am 2 years post transplant as of April 7th.
I had hep c lying undetected since a blood transfusion given in 1986 after a motorcycle accident when i also lost my spleen. The hep led to cirrhosis which eventually led to liver cancer.
I am 46 now and also was in shock when told i needed a liver transplant. I was working right up to the day of my call to go in to Birmingham QEHB, I live in Northamptonshire but was referred to Birmingham- they have been brilliant.
Not having a spleen caused concern for the operation and the previous year i had undergone treatment for hep c which is similar to chemo.
I to was bloated and jaundiced but the day after the op my eyes were back to being white not yellow.
I was off work 9 weeks and returned to work slowly at first but within 2 months was back on 12hr shifts as a Production Manager.
I haven't had 1 day off sick since and lead a relatively normal life and play golf regularly- it does age you though- people say i have aged and am definitely slower than i was, but after being given 3 months to live without a transplant im grateful for everything.
Lot of meds to take initially but small price to pay.
After the initial transplant you feel like you will never recover but you do and i was called a Moderate to High risk for the op due to previous medical history.
Good luck to you and everyone going through this and remember your families are going through this too.