I've just been reading on the Radio Times website that they are due to run a story line whereby character Phil Mitchell gets diagnosed with Cirrhosis. The character has had a long storyline of drug and alcohol abuse and now they are now having him diagnosed with cirrhosis. radiotimes.com/news/2015-12...
Seemingly the producers/writers have been working closely with Andrew from the British Liver Trust for the story and whilst I applaud getting more knowledge out there it will AGAIN - in a high profile way - propagate the liver disease = alcohol message/stigma which many of us battle against every day.
I hope they don't go all the way to him getting a transplant unless they really put him through the mill and and realistically show how poorly someone needs to be, what the criteria is and the assessment procedure and what it is like to wait. An unrealistic portrayal of alcohol - cirrhosis - transplant really would set back the liver transplant cause because millions still watch and wholeheartedly believe these soaps. I've heard on various debates people saying they wouldn't donate their liver after death because it is only going to an alkie (the George Best effect!).
It really annoys me, this constant publicity of cirrhosis = alcohol especially when so many of us or our loved ones are affected by liver disease having never touched alcohol or drugs or engaged in 'risky' lifestyle behaviours known widely to put one at risk. Those who have found themselves battling an illness they obtained either by accident or genetics or just because their body suddenly decided to attack itself. Grrrrr, it really does annoy me and it isn't just ordinary members of the public who see these programmes, see the high profile campaigns and such and then jump to the very wrong conclusion.
My hubby is lifelong tee total and his most risky behaviour was climbing mountains alone and walking thousands of miles a year and yet he's had doctors come up to him in a high dependency unit when he was getting blood transfusions and drips following a massive internal bleed and say "Let this be a warning to you, you need to moderate your lifestyle", a GP's who has said "Are you still off the drink?" and nurses post endoscopy asked "Can you manage to stay off alcohol for 24 hours after your sedation?".
Sorry for the rant it is just one thing which really gets on my goat. None of these shows ever show the young child who is living with liver disease or the non-alcoholic needing a transplant. 'Casualty' did it again last week with an alcoholic mum having burst varices. Whilst some claim they don't know the correlation between alcohol and liver disease it seems to be the only liver related message that ever gets widely promoted.
Going to sign off now, i've had a good rant.