IamA 23 year old male awaiting liver transplantation in South Africa. They told me the waiting period was anywhere between 2 days and 20 years. AMA
I was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC is an auto-immune disorder that effects the liver) on my 21st birthday, and I have been living with Ulcerative Colitis (also an auto-immune disease) since I was 15. I am a patient at a South African public hospital, partly because I don't have enough money to go to a private hospital (I have to go through numerous tests/scans/procedures etc. that are too expensive for my current bank account) and also because the liver doctors are better. I take 19 pills a day, including vitamin supplements, and I smoke weed. What else would you like to know?
THANKS: This was my first time posting to Reddit, and the response has been phenomenal. Thank you so much to everyone for your positive messages, support and words of wisdom (and also to all that have offered a portion of their own liver - I have no words). I'm amazed at the difficulties and struggles other people have had to go through, but it's even better to hear about the triumphs and chances they've had to overcome and continue on, in their journey through life. I've tried to answer all, if not most, of the questions being thrown at me; but I really wasn't expecting this kind of response. I'm gonna try work my way through it all, but if you want me to get back to you, please PM me. UPDATE: A lot of Redditors have been asking whether or not I can take a partial transplant, and a lot have said that it is a very viable option. At the time of my diagnosis, I was told that I wouldn't have been able to get a partial transplant (for some reason that continues to evade me at this point), but I will continue to question my doctors about such a procedure and see what they have to say.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/gjfxI