Written by Terri Willis, Liver Transplant Recipient.
I was born and diagnosed at the age of two with Tyrosinemia, a very rare metabolic disease. This is where the liver doesn't have the proper enzymes it needs to break down protein. I was diagnosed at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital but the doctor didn't know how to treat me so I was sent to Egleston Children's Hospital. I was the second person in the United States to be diagnosed with this disease. I had to be on a special diet and could not eat anything with protein and tyrosine (one of the amino acids that the body uses to break down proteins) in it. I had to drink a formula and was on several other medications. I was in-and-out of the hospital a lot because of several complications. My blood pressure would go sky high or I would get severe nose bleeds that could not be stopped on their own.