More than 16,000 Americans with liver diseases are waiting for a transplant, but only 6,000 will receive one this year, according to the American Liver Foundation.
Donna Cryer, J.D., understands the importance of Liver Awareness Month (October). After a decade of ulcerative colitis ravaging her liver, Cryer underwent a liver transplant when she was just 23. Now in her 19th year post-liver transplant, she is the American Liver Foundation's president and CEO. We asked her to dispel some myths about this vital organ.
The liver just deals with waste production: "It screens out toxins, yes, but from enzyme reactions for digestion to cholesterol synthesis, it's a way station for so many important functions."