Both through this blog and through my other social media posts over the past few years I’ve mostly just spoken to my liver issues. However, coincidentally, my father-in-law was diagnosed with liver disease a little over four years ago. Don had been stable for a few years until he began having trouble this summer. In September he was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma a rare type of liver cancer that has less than 200 annual cases worldwide. Then in October, we found out he was also dealing with cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer. Don fought like hell over the past few months, but he passed away just before midnight on January 4th.

I debated on what to say about this post, but nothing I could come up with felt right. Instead, I am just going to say liver disease sucks and cancer sucks, too.

Don was 57 years old. He will be missed.

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In 2019, I have decided to run the Chicago Marathon to support the American liver foundation. As a participant in the Liver Life Challenge, I’m helping in the fight against liver disease, but I can not do it without your help. Every step I take and every dollar I raise will make a difference in the lives of the millions of Americans living with liver disease. By donating on my behalf, you will be helping the American Liver Foundation provide critical funding for medical research, public education, and patient support services.