Heather was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis young, then made it through nursing training, graduate school, dating, getting married, and having her first baby before her PSC symptoms started to really affect her quality of life. She speaks about how she and her husband approached having another child, planning for, then recovering from, a living donor transplant, and how roles and work have shifted in their family.
Emily has been battling serious illnesses, PSC, UC since she was 19, and liver cancer at 33. As a mother, she has done her best to create an optimistic life with as little fear for her young son as possible as she has survived a colectomy, cancer treatment and a liver transplant. She discusses what it was like to be in survival mode for most of her adult life, what it meant to be a “sick mom” and how her outlook since transplant is all about her zest for life and what might come next.
Bonus resource mentioned by PSC Mami in the podcast: Selfless Snowman | Doc McStuffins
Katrina’s medical journey began at 15 with her Ulcerative Colitis diagnosis, but as she found experts that provided much needed relief, she was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. She discusses her shift in outlook, her support system, her second pregnancy and what role PSC plays, or doesn’t, in her day to day life.
Kiersten knew the dangers of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis as a result of her father’s diagnosis. She faced her own diagnosis as a young adult and found that her PSC had a different progression. In the 3-year window that her doctor gave her, she had two pregnancies that included a lot of uncertainty, bed rest and ultimately, vibrant young children.
Britt was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis when her daughter was 2 years old. Years later she was surprised to find she was pregnant again with her son. She speaks to the emotional process of accepting her diagnosis as a mom, focusing on her health, and re-imagining what her family would look like.