National 1-800 Help Line
When people are first diagnosed with liver disease, they have many questions about their prognosis, how it will impact their lifestyle and what treatments or other interventions might be available to them. Unfortunately, their family doctors do not always have the answers and it may be months before they see a liver specialist. The Foundation’s National 1-800 Help Line, gives patients and their family members somewhere to turn for answers. The Help Line received calls every day from people all over the country seeking information on all forms of liver disease and requesting referrals to community resources.
Our regional offices and individual chapters receive hundreds of similar calls from local residents and health care professionals. BC/Yukon and Alberta also offer 1-800 lines while other locations field calls on their local chapter phone lines.
Our National Help Line is 1-800-563-5483
Living with Liver Disease Programs
The Foundation’s Living with Liver Disease
program provides a forum for liver disease patients and families to come together to connect with others, to learn about their disease and learn how to cope. The program consists of nine sessions covering topics ranging from nutrition and exercise to treatments and transplantation. Based on the needs of the community, the sessions may be held monthly, weekly or even compressed into one or two-day workshops. Guest speakers include liver specialists, social workers, nutritionists, psychotherapists, liver transplant nurses and kinesiologists. For information on Living with Liver Disease
programs in your area, please click here.
Peer Support Network
When you are coping with a serious illness, it helps to have someone to talk to who knows what you’re going through.
The Peer Support Network was developed by the Canadian Liver Foundation as a means to link Canadians who have been diagnosed with a liver disease, have a family member who has liver disease or care for someone who suffers from liver disease to talk about their concerns with a peer with a similar experience. It is a national network of people living with liver disease that have offered to share their experiences with others.
Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. If you would like to be connected with a peer supporter in your area, or would like to join the peer support network, please call 1-800-563-5483 or email Billie Potkonjak at email@example.com.