Alarming New Canadian Liver Statistics

Obesity Linked to Dramatic Rise in Liver Disease     From the Canadian Liver Foundation   Alarming new statistics show that 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease The obesity crisis is taking its toll on the liver with potentially deadly consequences.   Research shows that 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected … Continue reading “Alarming New Canadian Liver Statistics”

Fatty Liver and Cirrhosis

Fatty Liver – This One’s Personal   Dear Reader, This is a disease that upsets me deeply, as it is the one which took my Mom.  Until the time of her diagnosis, the only thing I “knew” about cirrhosis was that it was a disease which only affected alcoholics and drug abusers.  I was so … Continue reading “Fatty Liver and Cirrhosis”

Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver

Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver         Cirrhosis of the Liver, or Chronic Liver Disease, is often asymptomatic until the liver is extensively damaged, and therefore symptoms are not common during the early stages of cirrhosis.  However, as scar tissue accumulates the liver’s ability to function properly is undermined.     How … Continue reading “Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver”

Causes of Cirrhosis of the Liver

     If you’re like me, you probably associate Cirrhosis of the Liver with alcoholism. It was an terrible surprise to learn that my mom, a non drinker, had developed this deadly disease.  In her case, the cirrhosis developed as a result of NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or Fatty Liver disease).   In fact, cirrhosis has … Continue reading “Causes of Cirrhosis of the Liver”

To My Friends Who Still Have Their Mothers

  This will be my first Mother’s Day as a motherless mother. For what it’s worth, my personal insight is this: as affectionate, imperfect, difficult – even dysfunctional – as your mother-daughter relationship may be, it still has a value you will only fully recognize when you are motherless. I found this article by Jessica … Continue reading “To My Friends Who Still Have Their Mothers”

Shoes and Slippers for Swollen Feet

Shoes and Slippers for Swollen Feet     My mom’s very first sign of liver cirrhosis was edema – fluid buildup in the ankles, feet and legs.         As I discussed in my post on cirrhosis of the liver, my mom suffered with swollen feet, ankles and legs from early on in … Continue reading “Shoes and Slippers for Swollen Feet”


        I started this blog about 4 weeks after my mom passed.    Before her death, Mom suffered with a terminal illness for more than two years (she suffered from non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver caused by fatty liver).    Our family experienced more than two years of witnessing her long … Continue reading “About”

Studies Show Blackcurrant Seed Oil Helps Arthritis

Studies Show Blackcurrant Seed Oil Helps Arthritis     Blackcurrant is a shrub native to Europe and Asia. It has yellowish white flowers and black fruits. Blackcurrant seed oil as the name suggests is extracted from the seeds of these fruits. Jams, jellies, juices and even dietary supplements are prepared from blackcurrant. The fruits are … Continue reading “Studies Show Blackcurrant Seed Oil Helps Arthritis”

Is The SoClean CPAP Cleaner Worth Buying?

There is a distinct scent that your mask has when it emerges from SoClean. The company describes it as a very mild bleach smell (similar to after a thunderstorm) that can be dissipated by blowing air through the mask for about 15 seconds prior to use.

Stroke – What You Need to Know

  Stroke – What You Need to Know       When the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or blocked for any reason, the consequences are usually dramatic. Control over movement, perception, speech, or other mental or bodily functions is impaired, and consciousness itself may be lost. Disruptions of blood circulation to the … Continue reading “Stroke – What You Need to Know”