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Wendi’s Word A column by Wendi Reardon
Journey of a liver

by Wendi Reardon

February 12, 2014

I soaked in the news calmly but inside I was bursting at the seams - last Thursday would be my last visit with Veslav Stecevic, M.D.

My liver looked good. Losing 90 pounds had reversed the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), also known as fatty liver. Now, don't get me wrong. It's been fun but I am sure doctors like to give the news of "you are better."

If you have missed previous columns here is how the journey began - as it usually does with being sick. (Because you aren't going to go to the doctor if you are well.) It was a weird sick - like I ate something that didn't agree with me. But it was a different food every time. My temperature would go from normal, well normal for me, and drop down to chilly.

I went to my physician who did some tests and then was sent to Stecevic at Encoscopic Solutions, P.C. After a few more tests the fatty liver was making me sick.

NASH is a silent liver disease - some people don't even know they have it. My body just reacted differently. All I had to do was change my eating habits and exercise.

You have heard it before - that is the magic cure - change your eating habits and exercise.

I didn't and I was in the urgent care with excruciating pains in my gallbladder because what was affecting the liver was now heading to other organs.

Fortunately through The Clarkston News I interviewed Cindy Crandall from Nuview Nutrition for Trends, our annual special spring section. I explained what was going on and she said Nuview could help. I went through a few different plans with Nuview Nutrition and I can admit I went off the wagon a few times. It was rough but they had a lot of patience and understanding with me as they put me on a new plan - the final plan. The new plan took off 90 pounds in 11 months.

Here I am - alive and kicking because of a liver and a lot of support. I lost 90 pounds and in the journey gained my life back and a lot of perspective. I am more - myself as odd as it sounds like I was hidden away. I am signed on to participate in my third Color Run this year. I also signed up to participate in Warrior Dash at the end of July and maybe, just maybe, I will train for it this year.