Amy lived her life as normally as she could, with the tone and agenda of every day determined by one symptom or another. She got married and moved to San Diego. She worked as a preschool teacher. She lived a challenging 4 years before requiring a total colectomy – surgical removal of her colon. Compounding her struggles further, primary sclerosing cholangitis – liver disease in which the bile ducts became obstructed, inhibiting liver function – then developed. Amy was advised that within 10 years she would require a liver transplant.
"That news absolutely rocked my world," Amy says.
She pressed on for another several years. She joyfully became a mother, welcoming son Gunner to the world, but her marriage unfortunately dissolved. When she began to develop symptoms of liver failure – jaundice, itching and bile duct issues – she returned to the Kansas City area to be closer to family and friends. She searched for the healthcare providers and services she knew she would need.
"I was in a serious situation, and I wanted the best doctors I could find," Amy says. She chose hepatologist Ryan Taylor, MD, at The University of Kansas Health System. The organization's transplant program is the region's largest, its quality of care and outcomes second to none.
"We are very proud and honored to provide citizens of our metropolitan area and region with first-rate transplant care," Dr. Taylor says. "Transplant care can be difficult to predict and is unique in every patient, often requiring the combined art and science of medicine. Our team offers the experience and multidisciplinary specialty team to give each patient the best chance at success. We address patients' emotional and psychological needs as well. With a disease that will really try to hold you back, a strong will and attitude are essential."