As Linda’s nephew, growing up I have seen what a smart, driven and determined individual she is. Over
the years I’ve observed Linda’s motivation and dedication pay off as she has moved through the ranks in
her career, from being the vice president of a hospital to running/ a very busy practice that at one point
offered the services of dermatology, endocrinology and aesthetics all in one office. As not only Linda’s
nephew, but also a client who has had some minor procedures done at her office, I personally saw not
only how hard working but also how accommodating she is for both clients and her employees alike;
always presenting with a smile and taking pride in what she did. Aside from Linda’s professional facets,
in her personal life she also has a very creative side to her. There has never been anything that I have
seen Linda unable to do that she sets her mind to. She has the ability to teach herself to do anything
including the various self renovations and amazing projects that she has completed in her home. On a
more personal level, Linda has always been a very generous and caring person. If anyone ever reached
out to her and needed help or assistance with anything, Linda would accommodate and try to do
whatever she could for that person. Furthermore, Linda has been married to her husband, my uncle,
Mike for 23 years and they truly have a special bond with each other and have been each other’s biggest
supports, even during some very challenging times in there lives. In addition, Linda has played a big role
in Mike’s three children’s lives from the time they were teenagers and always treated them as if they
were her own; now it’s their children’s children that Linda carries on that important role with. Together,
Linda and Mike have been the proud parents of several beautiful dogs and more recently, four very cute
donkeys. A favorite pastime that they both enjoyed together, were very good at and at one point, was a
very big part of their lives is golf. Overall, everyone who meets Linda and/or has been fortunate enough
to have her in their lives enjoys her company and appreciates what an all around great person she is.
Due to Linda's driven nature, she still has amazingly managed to push herself to keep up with the demands of her job and keep herself involved with family related matters. This does not mean however that it has not been a significant challenge and that it hasn't taken a toll on Linda physically and emotionally to try and maintain this level of functioning and balance in her life.
Due to Linda's independent and prideful nature, she is not one to ask for help, hence why maintaining her daily functioning with work, family and life has been a challenge; she's managing all of that on her own, in a decompensated state of health without asking for the help of others. A transplant would mean that Linda can get back to doing all of that without the significant strain she is currently putting on herself.
The strain of Linda managing her busy life in a decompensated state as independently as she can comes at the expense of her emotional well-being let alone physical well being. This journey has impacted Linda's overall happiness and outlook. With that said, a transplant would also mean restoring Linda's sense of identity and self worth.
Whether it be through word of mouth or through various social media platforms you may have, I encourage anyone who comes across this story to please share it with your friends, coworkers, family, etc in an attempt to help Linda advance in her transplant journey. It would mean so much to her and her loved ones.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Linda Riso's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
Liver transplantation has been a successful treatment and standard of care for end-stage liver disease since the early 1980s.
Technical advancements in liver surgery, as well as the liver's tremendous ability to regenerate, have made living donor liver transplantation a life-saving reality.
There are currently 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Of these, 15,000 await liver transplants.
Although more than 6,000 liver transplants were performed last year, over 1,700 patients died while waiting on the list.
Deceased donor livers are allocated to patients based on how sick they are, determined by their MELD score, where sicker patients receive priority.
Living donation offers patients the option of transplant before they get very sick--regardless of MELD score--significantly decreasing the time they wait for a liver.
Living donation not only saves the life of the recipient; it also frees up a liver for a patient on the waiting list who does not have that option.
The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) and Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) are numerical, objective scales that allocate available livers to the sickest patients. Patients move up the list as their scores increase.
The first living donor liver transplant took place in 1988. Since then, living donors have continued giving the gift of life and making a difference.
When a recipient has a living donor, the wait time for transplant is shorter and the transplant can be scheduled in advanced when the recipient is in good health and when it is convenient for both the donor and the recipient.
Financial burdens shouldn’t prevent the gift of life. The National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) can offer financial support for living donor travel expenses.
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