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As I unwrapped my new oh so shiny, sleek, sharp and unwanted accessory, I instantly hated it. As I hate any needle. But being the good Christian girl I tried to stay strong. Have faith. Right?

My mom, a RN, was about to inject me and my mind was racing, I had to make it stop. Then I remembered the alcohol swab, “wait!!” as I ran away from the needle taking my sweet time to return.

I come back and slouch in my chair… I tell my mom NOT to jab me she convincingly said she wouldn’t and then jabbed me! What the ouch! I said no jabbing. I’m one of those weird patients that likes the needle to go in slow, it hurts less for me! Oh well, the show must go on.

She injected it slowly and did a pretty awesome job of pinching my skin so hard I couldn’t feel the injection pain too bad. Did I work myself up over nothing? It’s likely, I blame my fear of needles. It’s been 30 minutes and no side effects so far… Except for the pain at the injection site. Oh the burning. Not like a happy I worked out and maybe lost .3 pounds at the gym type of burn. More like a random bacteria that causes bone marrow to hurt and spit out little fighting cells has just been forced into your body type of burn.

Ok so I am dramatic. I am really ok though. Am I scared? Yeah maybe… The important thing is that at the end of my day I get to take that fear and lay it at the cross and give it to Jesus in exchange for His peace knowing that “He works all things together for the good of His glory”!

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention once the injection was done I burst into years. I’m not sure if it was from relief, pain, anger or what but it only lasted about 1 minute. Next time I think I need to exchange my fear for peace BEFORE the injection. Oh and this was the injection for my low white blood count if you were wondering.



About Kortni

I received a living donor liver transplant from my amazing and selfless sister, when it failed, I got a 2nd transplant 4 days later from my other hero! I have an amazing family and wonderful, supportive boyfriend. I love hiking, photography, natural health care, being outdoors and crafts. Did I mention that Jesus is my best friend and He has blessed me immeasurably!

4 responses »

  1. Good evening, I haves question for you. My wife has Autoimmune Hep. We currently have Blue Shield insurance through my current employer. We also have Kaiser through the Church my wife and I pastor. I am getting ready to loose my Blue Shield, which is Gould Medical due to changing jobs. My wife loves her Gould doctors, but we are forced to change to Kaiser. Do you know of any good Kaiser Liver Specialists? Please email me at to fill me in on any info you may have. Thank you.

  2. Hi Kortni, I know you did the liver transplant, but did you every visit Dr.Berkson in New Mexico for the ALA iv infusion treatment before getting the transplant done ?

    • Yes I did! From my experience Dr. Berkson is most successful with Hep C patients. I didn’t have Hep C so it didn’t work for me. But he is an amazing doctor who is saving lives!

  3. Do you have cryptogenic cirrhosis or do you suspect a cause? It is rare to have cirrhosis with no diagnosed cause, but that is what I have. Have you tried AC Carbamide by Standard Process? I was researching that product and somehow your site come up. I was wondering if people with cirrhosis or too much fluid have ever tried this product


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