Everywhere you look people are posting and sharing these “eCards” from the snarky SomeeCards website celebrating their ability to drink a lot, so much to the point that maybe their employers or people who respected them are a little put off. Some of the people posting/sharing these have been a few of my good friends who should know better… they somehow think this is cool. My family, friends and transplant community have been personally offended at the nerve of some people posting these all over, or to Some eCards for creating them in the first place.
Some people may be ignorant, but people who know me well know – or know any other transplant recipients – what absolute hell the transplant journey is.
Your liver is not a laughing matter – maybe these folks will find that out when, a few decades down the line, all of that drinking will finally destroy a good majority of their liver and they’ll need a transplant. Transplant or death will be their options, and if they can’t stay sober or won’t vow to never drink again, then they’ll be dead. I’m sure they’ll all love their livers then.
Come on, use your mind. I have had liver disease since age 5 – do you really think all the alcohol I drank from ages 0-5 caused it? [Sarcasm] Do you think any kind of teenage alcohol binging habits caused me to need a transplant? It was actually quite the opposite. I made it to a liver transplant without even tasting alcohol… you never know what will happen to your body, and how many of you may get hepatitis, have a child with biliary atresia, or something else that would necessitate a transplant? These will not be funny anymore – to those of you who actually think they are now.
I’m not laughing.
Neither are those who really love me, or those who really love a transplant patient. Families who still have a mother because of a transplant, new parents whose infant would be dead if it weren’t for receiving a transplant. I’m positive that anyone who drank themselves to cirrhosis and are now alive and thriving because of a liver transplant and a second chance isn’t laughing either.
Take care of your bodies. There’s so much more to life than this foolishness. Aren’t we all mature grownups now where it really doesn’t matter how much you drink, when you drink, or what you drink? Get over yourselves. Stop making fun of your liver. One day it just might be laughing at you.
This is what a beautiful, healthy liver looks like. [via]
This is what a liver abused by alcohol looks like. [via]
I exhort us all to start making better, healthier decisions. And if you are going to act irresponsible and trash your liver, just keep it to yourself. We don’t think it’s funny in the least bit.