In 2001, Yvette was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis. The prognosis was grave; the disease would eventually cause complete liver failure. Yvette’s doctor told her that she would die within 10 years unless a cure was found or she received a liver transplant.
Fortunately Yvette made it past the 10-year mark, but while she waited for a liver to become available she became sicker and sicker and had to stop working in January of 2012. Finally, in 2013, twelve long years after her diagnosis, she received a call that a liver was ready for her.
“It was a day like any other day,” Yvette said. “I was sitting at home eating a bowl of soup and watching TV when the phone rang. I saw on the caller ID that it was the transplant center. When they told me that I was going to get a new liver, I burst into tears.”
Since her successful transplant surgery, Yvette has been doing well. “My energy and personality are coming back, both of which had been long gone. I’m starting to live my life again,” she said.
In the summer of 2014, Yvette even competed in the Transplant Games of America, which demonstrate to the world that transplant recipients can and do lead successful lives. Yvette won nine medals in bicycling and track and field events.