LIVEr Champion

In Memory of Carolyn Juanita Deloach pictured here with daughter Megan Terrell.

2019 LIVEr Champion

“Everything I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln. As many of you know, I recently lost my mother. During this mourning period, I have been searching for ways to honor her special life. My mother was diagnosed with NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.) NAFLD is the result of build up of extra fat in the liver cells that is not caused by alcohol.

She had some symptoms, but was mostly living a normal life. We (or at least I) certainly did not expect it to end in her losing her life. How could I not have seen this coming? After all, she was the first and last person I talked to every day of my life. I was completely dumbfounded, and in an effort to do something with my shock and grief I contacted the American Liver Foundation.

My hope is that this event will raise awareness about the seriousness of this disease, and the options of living donors. I want other families dealing with this disease to know they are not alone and there is hope. I also hope to honor my mother because she was the type of mother that most people dream of. I am certain God blessed my husband and I with a daughter so the love and special connection my mother and I shared would never be lost, only strengthened through my actions as a mother. Although missing my mom is something I will carry with me everyday for the rest of my life; I intend to make her proud by being a woman like her, who lives and loves big, because I have a precious daughter who is always watching.


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