My name is Jesse, I am a 33 year old father of my beautiful 5 year old boy Geoffrey. I was diagnosed with End Stage Liver Disease in October 2020. Needless to say this was a huge wake up call in deciding to change my habits and life for the better. I want to be around to watch my son grow. Cooking was my main career for 15 years and is a passion of mine, using my skills and talents to seek a variety of new experiences throughout my life. Along with being a passionate father and chef, I am a talented musician and artist. You can find many of my paintings and artwork throughout the homes of my loved ones from Connecticut to Arizona.
Since finding out about this diagnosis, my life has changed completely, in ways both for the good and for the bad. Positively, I have a fresh new outlook and zeal for living a life previously taken for granted. I have taken a look at myself with clear eyes, and I am ready to take my power back and build a beautiful life. Adversely, I have not been working as much and have lost the strength to do a lot of fairly simple tasks at home. Yet, every day is another chance to work a little hard and push forward. With change in philosophy and lifestyle, I have been able to get well enough to be a candidate for a living donor. As good as this is- I am still sick and need a transplant to recover that way I can assure my son I will be here with him for the foreseeable future.
It would mean the world to me, I would be able to move forward, be more involved with my family and help others.
With all this being said, I am genuinely grateful and hopeful for the future. I am optimistic that there is a match out there- it’s only a matter of when. That’s why your help is crucial. With your help to spread my story and get the word out I believe we can find a match. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Jesse Alson'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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