The First Year: Cirrhosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

By | February 15, 2018
The First Year: Cirrhosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

More than 25 million Americans and 92 million worldwide suffer from liver disease and cirrhosis, a degenerative and potentially fatal condition in which liver cells are damaged and then replaced by scar tissue, impeding liver function. The disease is most commonly caused by excessive alcohol consumption, hepatitis, or complications from prescription drugs. Immediately after his diagnosis, James Dickerson set out to educate himself on all of his options — and found there is hope for recovery. Now, he offers The First Year: Cirrhosis, the first guide for patients and their families to understanding and managing this chronic condition. In clear, accessible language, the book walks readers step-by-step through everything they need to do each day of the first week after a cirrhosis diagnosis, each subsequent week of the first month, and the following eleven months of the crucial first year. From understanding causes to coping with complications, The First Year: Cirrhosis provides medically-sound, empathetic guidance. The book includes advice on treating symptoms, extending longevity, managing stress, and getting the best care possible for anyone affected by this condition.

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3 thoughts on “The First Year: Cirrhosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

  1. Norma
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a must buy, March 2, 2016
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    Norma

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    This review is from: The First Year: Cirrhosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (Paperback)
    Very helpful. Good source to refer back to from time to time. Hard to find clear, honest facts from doctors or advice on line about cirrhosis. I wish more people were educated about the subject. I found making myself “smarter” about cirrhosis helps me ask the questions that will get me the right answers. Thank god for this book.
  2. William E. Adams
    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A volume no one deserves to have to own, but many of us need…, March 25, 2009
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    William E. Adams (San Angelo, Texas USA) –

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    I expect that after I get my next diabetes blood test in a couple of weeks, and then see my new doctor in my new city a week or so later, I will have to accept the fact that yes, I am diabetic. I have been climbing the scale toward that status for two years, and my promises to my old doc to change my diet and lose weight and get more exercise have not panned out in significant measure. Whether this means that before May 1st I will be sticking my finger and measuring my blood glucose at home or not, Ms. Becker’s book is properly a part of my collection. It’s a good effort. My main criticism is that it is more technical/scientific than I wanted at this stage of my acceptance. Several other reviewers found it depressing, and finally, at the end of it, I did too, but that is not the author’s fault. Those of us who qualify to read it have a permanent and dangerous condition that never takes an hour off. I admire Gretchen’s discipline and record-keeping and extensive reading and networking about diabetes—but Lord, I don’t want to have to imitate all of her efforts. I will be consulting her book frequently as this first year of my disease unfolds, and I feel it was worth every penny I spent on Amazon to get it. I wish owning her volume was the “cure” instead of just the road map to minimizing devastation. But a guide to reducing the ravages of this genetic/lifestyle affliction is the best we can hope for at this time. If you are on the edge of a diagnosis, as I am, buy the book and read it slowly. You will be sorry you need to, but glad you did.
  3. Just Thinking
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Informative book, March 12, 2016
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    This book has a wealth of information. I have no medical background and found everything written in an easily understandable style. This book will be a great resource. The index makes it easy to find specific topic later.

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