May 24, 2017
I’m a 51 year old Christian man living in Lancaster, PA with my wife Rhonda. We love spending time in God’s word and draw our strength from Him. We have no doubt I will be healed either by a miracle or by having a liver transplant. Rhonda and I attend the Greenfield campus of Victory Church and are so thankful to not only be part of an amazing church but also part of a wonderful care group.
I had hepatitis C for 25 years which pretty much destroyed my liver. Thankfully I was cured of the hep C after 6 months of treatment with the new drug Harvoni. I’ve been in end stage liver disease since about 2015 and am anxiously waiting for a transplant.
My donor is Jason Erb from Strasburg, PA. Please make sure you read the page about him, he’s been an absolute answer to our prayers. Without him, his family, our family and all our friends… this would be a much more overwhelming journey.
This journey has not been an easy one but it is helping me to grow into a stronger Christian. There’s been a lot of disappointments along the way especially early on when we first started looking for a donor. According to Penn University Hospital less than 10% of the people that apply every make it through all the hoops and are able to donate.
I had a total of 12 people come forward willing to donate but all except Jason were eliminated for one reason or another. My gastroenterologist recommended the living liver donor program for me rather than waiting on a deceased liver. Most people die waiting while on the deceased liver transplant list or they end up deathly ill before they are ever at the top of the transplant list.
The living donor program is amazing!!! The donor donates his right lobe which is about 60% of his liver. Both donor and recipient will have a full size liver within 90 days. Praise God for the way he designed this extremely important organ to regenerate.
The reason I set up this blog is to not only keep our family and friends updated on my journey but more importantly to help other people that are going through the same thing. I want to help educate and encourage others that are also in need of a liver transplant. And my main goal is to bring glory to God.
Please feel free to reach out to me if there’s any way I can help you.
In His service,
Ron Gessner <><