When someone is diagnosed with liver disease, a dedicated medical team focuses on the patient. Thankfully, other selfless individuals work behind the scenes to ensure the patient’s daily care and well-being. In this season of giving, we celebrate caregivers – our unsung superheroes who continually sacrifice to help others!
Over 65 million Americans care for a friend or family member with a serious health condition.
Meet Shirley, a dedicated caregiver…
“Although liver disease is difficult for the patient, it is also challenging for a caregiver. As a caregiver, you must find the strength to face another day not knowing what to expect. You feel so much pressure to ensure your loved one is receiving the best medical care. You make sure medications are taken properly, medication refills are managed, doctor appointments aren’t missed, and medical forms are submitted. Ultimately, your loved one’s life is in your hands. You must remain hopeful and supportive.”
– Shirley Hughey, caregiver for her husband Robert, a NASH patient who received a wonderful holiday gift – a liver transplant on December 5th.
The American Liver Foundation (ALF) understands the essential role caregivers play in the liver community.
ALF also recognizes how difficult and isolating it can be to serve as a devoted caregiver – especially during the pandemic. Each day our National Helpline receives calls from caregivers looking for guidance and information. Many are first-time caregivers who are overwhelmed and fearful.
ALF understands how important it is for caregivers to share their stories, connect with one another and have access to the latest information. That is why ALF has dedicated programs and resources, educational webinars and conferences, and peer-to-peer social groups and blogs — just for caregivers.
When you donate to ALF, you support both liver patients and their intricate network of caregivers. During COVID-19, the stakes have never been higher for our community. We have stepped up – will you join us?
Last updated on August 5th, 2022 at 03:26 pm