The Surprising Relationship Between Cannabis and Cardiovascular Health: Separating Fact from Fiction
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by Karen Hoyt
5d ago
The Surprising Relationship Between Cannabis and Cardiovascular Health: Separating Fact from Fiction : Katie Pierce is a new guest blog by my friend Katie. I had read about the relationship and was happy to see her compilation of evidence. I think it’s wise to look at the results and then talk to your doctor about your personal use. I’m not here to judge. So post transplant, I’m working on heart heath and am choosing not to use cannabis. From a federal standpoint, cannabis remains an illegal substance in the USA. However, many US states have recognized its recreational and medicinal applicati ..read more
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Who is on Liver Transplant Team?
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by Karen Hoyt
2w ago
This is a total list of everyone that will be your support before, during and after the liver transplant process. Your liver transplant team consists of a healthcare providers and professionals who help ensure the success of your transplant process. Together, they provide wrap around services and comprehensive care to every patient. You will come to know who is on liver transplant team. After all, you are placing your life in their hands, and will become close to some of  them and at least be acquainted with others. I always wanted to be sure that they were impressed with my desire to l ..read more
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Creative Activities to Deepen Your Friendships
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by Karen Hoyt
2M ago
Building strong friendships goes beyond casual hangouts. It’s about creating shared experiences that foster connection, understanding, and lasting memories. Here are some creative activities to deepen your friendships by our friend Katie Pierce.   This guide explores a range of creative activities specifically designed to deepen your bonds with friends.   Memory Lane Night A Memory Lane Night is a fantastic way to connect with your friends and celebrate your history together. Sample activities for a memory lane night include: Games and challenges: Play a guessing game where ..read more
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Can Resmetirom Cure Nash MASH or Fatty Liver?
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by Karen Hoyt
3M ago
We’ve all been wondering: Can Resmetirom cure Nash Mash or Fatty Liver? I know the language changed and have written about that here. But what patients want to know is if it really works to reduce fat? The answer is YES and it’s a miracle for many who have been diagnosed. I’ve loaded this blog with information about the dosage, how to get it, cost, video, and the website. The FDA just gave approval and liver patients are pretty excited. Resmetirom pronounced Res met er rawm is labeled as Rezdiffra pronounced Rez Diff Ruh. It was approved by the FDA last week and it is totally changing the way ..read more
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Surviving Survivors Guilt After Transplant Pt 1
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by Karen Hoyt
3M ago
Stepping into the doctor’s waiting room, I locked eyes with my childhood friend Dugan, and quickly squeezed into a spot next to her. As my story poured out in a flood, she wrapped her arms around me and let her shirt absorb my tears. Minutes passed, and then her words were a whisper, “Don’t feel guilty for living your life.” I pushed back to look into her eyes. It was the first time anyone had acknowledged how I was surviving survivors guilt after transplant. pt 1 I had just seen my doctor, and my hands clutched the signed paperwork proving that I was fit enough to travel to Spain and particip ..read more
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What is Medical Doom Scrolling and How to Quit
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by Karen Hoyt
5M ago
We’ve all done it. That may be how you found my website. A thought or question pops in our mind, and within seconds our fingers type keywords into a search engine. One story leads to another until we have wasted hours reading about things that we can’t change. It’s called doom scrolling as it relates to local or worldwide news. Today, we will talk about what is medical doom scrolling and how to quit before we get over stressed and feel even worse. What is Medical Doom Scrolling? So doom scrolling is described as the habit of reading about tragic, sad, and depressing news. Medical doom scrolli ..read more
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Sustainable Stocking Stuffers: Thoughtful Gifts for a Greener Christmas
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by Karen Hoyt
6M ago
Sustainable Stocking Stuffers: Thoughtful Gifts for a Greener Christmas is a guest blog by my friend Katie Pierce. The holiday season is a splendid period filled with joy and festivities, yet it has also been overshadowed by excessive consumerism and materialism. While the tradition of exchanging gifts remains beloved during this time, it’s worth noting that it can contribute to heightened waste and environmental harm, particularly in the form of discarded plastic and wrapping materials post-holiday.   Nonetheless, by infusing a touch of creativity and mindfulness into the festivities, i ..read more
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Cirrhosis Injury to the Liver by Terri Monclova Milton
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by Karen Hoyt
6M ago
Cirrhosis injury to the liver is by Terri Monclova Milton. She wrote this and I thought it was a great representation of liver disease. My husband and I live in an oak forest and consider ourselves oak tree advocates in addition to liver disease advocates. Cirrhosis Injury to the Liver by Terri Monclova Milton I saw this today and realized this is the best representation of what happens with cirrhosis of the liver in our bodies. Liver Injury is like an Oak Burl This is an oak tree. On it are burls. For some, they can make wonderful bowls and art designs when cut off the tree. They are formed ..read more
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My Liver Biopsy Story
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by Karen Hoyt
8M ago
My liver biopsy story may be different than most. For one,  it hurt like heck. Perhaps my experience was a little rough because of my late stage cirrhosis, and low platelets. You may be wondering which one is best. At the time, I knew that the doctor wanted a good look because my liver failed so suddenly. Today, doctors still do liver biopsies, but they also offer many different alternatives. If I had to do it all over again, I would ask for one of the alternatives. Emergency Room Diagnosis When I turned yellow and swelled up, they started with an X Ray at my doctor’s office. Later that ..read more
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How to Lower Liver Enzymes ALT and AST
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by Karen Hoyt
9M ago
How to Lower Liver Enzymes ALT and AST – After looking at my most recent labs this morning, I feel a little stressed. They can be elevated for many reasons. It could be a medication you are taking.  Some of you can probably identify with looking for signs that your liver is doing ok. In my case, it’s my transplanted liver. But no matter what, the lab results are a guide to how well our liver is doing. They can also be a guide to making positive changes. What is the ALT and AST? They both have to do with the liver. Put simply, ALT tells what is happening IN the liver. Think ALT and the L ..read more
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