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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Liver wins

July 21, 2010 - I fell off the wagon a long time ago.

The food wagon that is.

At first it was just a break from Weight Watchers, testing my limitations. Then, it turned into being rebellious and declaring my freedom from tracking points.

It has spiraled out of control and I have officially hit the wall. I am now paying the price for enjoying food.

I have been diagnosed with NASH - nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Basically I have fatty tissue around my liver but I drink very little alcohol, thus the name.

Really it's not too much of a surprise – with the crime comes the punishment. It's just not what I expected when I first ventured to Clarkston Medical Group.

I have been sick since September – random food or beverages would have an effect.

"Sounds like it's your gallbladder," "sounds like an allergy," "sounds like this or that."

After eight months, I went to Renny Abraham, M.D. and the tests were ordered up.

It wasn't the gallbladder, but it was most definitely on my right side, as the doctor poked at it. Tests showed a slightly enlarged liver. More tests – up to 15 blood tests and a CT scan showed fatty tissue confirmed what the specialist,Veslav Stecevic, M.D., thought it was the entire time – NASH.

Right now it's not as severe as it could be. Yet. If I keep going down this rebellious road it definitely could be dangerous.

The doctor prescribed Vitamin E and healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise. It always seems easier said then done. Then, I go back into his office in three months for a check-up on the good ole' liver.

I have many steps - no pop or coffee. I cut it for a whole week. It didn't go too bad - cravings were minimum. An extreme level on rich, tasty food is next and heading into Weight Watchers again. Then, finding another gym, yet again because I have moved since June.

Now that I have voiced it out for the community I will be more mindful and honestly, I don't want to drink barium sulfate anytime soon.

So, Zumba anybody?

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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