Have a question? Just Ask!

Enter your question here — we’ll work hard to respond to as many submissions as possible for Liver Health Month in March. 

You’ve come to the right spot for any question you have about life with liver disease in Canada. While we won’t be able to answer every submission, we’ll post those questions we do answer on social media, so check in there regularly!

After you’ve submitted your query, why not peruse the posts below (coming soon)! You’ll find a variety of questions with insightful and informative answers from our dedicated community of experts.

Don’t see your question posted here or need an immediate response? Call our National Help Line or email us directly any time.

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Here are the answers to your questions

Check back often, as they’ll be updated throughout Liver Health Month.

If someone is out there considering whether to be an organ donor, what would you say to them?

Wayne Aelick received a new liver in May of 2017, giving him a new lease on life. Wayne is a fierce advocate for liver donation and a determined fundraiser for the Canadian Liver Foundation.

Can I call the National Help Line if I am a caregiver or family member of someone who has liver disease? 

Nem Maksimovic is National Manager, Health Promotion and Education with the Canadian Liver Foundation. He also manages the National Help Line, answering emails and phone calls and supporting the liver community across the country.

Are there risks or complications if I am pregnant and have hepatitis? 

Dr. Carla Coffin is a liver specialist based in Calgary and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Calgary. Her clinical and research interests include chronic hepatitis B infection, hepatitis B and pregnancy, viral hepatitis and liver transplantation. 

What kind of advice would you give to other patients facing liver disease?

Sylvie Breton overcame liver cancer last year and is now being treated for cancer in her lymph nodes — all of which has inspired her to push for liver cancer research in Quebec while advocating for patients and clinical trials. 

Why is self-care as a caregiver important?

Evelyne Chenard is a retired health care professional who lives in Edmonton. For more than 20 years, she supported her mother through life with cirrhosis. She brings this experience when speaking about the caregiver journey.

Is there a cure for hepatitis? 

Dr. Hemant Shah is a liver specialist with the University Health Network in Toronto. An internal medicine physician and gastroenterologist, his clinical focus is on viral liver disease.

What kind of stigmas exist around liver disease and why are they wrong?

Dr. Edward Tam is a liver specialist based in B.C. A clinical hepatologist, he’s active in clinical research, teaching, education, and community outreach, with a focused interest in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

There are going to be good days and bad days as a caregiver; what kinds of things did you do to help with the hard days?

Evelyne Chenard is a retired health care professional who lives in Edmonton. For more than 20 years, she supported her mother through life with cirrhosis. She brings this experience when speaking about the caregiver journey.

Why did you decide to donate your liver?

Sarah Willis donated 27% of her liver anonymously in 2019. Sarah has been and remains an incredible part of the liver health community, which is why she’s joining other experts and people with lived experiences to participate in the ‘Just Ask!’ campaign for Liver Health Month.

Are there risks in donating my liver?

Dr. Nazia Selzner is the medical director of the live donor transplant program at UHN Ajmera Transplant Centre.

How big of a problem is Viral Hepatitis around the world?

Dr. Jordan Feld is a liver specialist at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease. Dr. Feld is internationally recognized for his research and clinical expertise in hepatitis C management.

Can I get a COVID vaccine if I have a liver disease?

Dr. Yoshida is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also currently the President of the Medical Staff Association at the Vancouver General Hospital.

What’s something you wish more people knew about liver disease?

Gail is the President of the Canadian PBC Society, and has always been an incredible champion and peer supporter for people impacted by PBC (Primary biliary cholangitis).

What’s it like to donate your liver and what is recovery like?

Sarah Willis donated 27% of her liver anonymously in 2019. Sarah has been and remains an incredible part of the liver health community, which is why she’s joining other experts and people with lived experiences to participate in the ‘Just Ask!’ campaign for Liver Health Month.

What should I do if my disease is putting a strain on my family?

Lisa is a registered social worker who specializes in doing counselling with people living with disabilities and those who have chronic illnesses.

Eliminating hepatitis C in Canada is a major task, but it's something we can achieve.

Dr. Jordan Feld is a liver specialist at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease. Dr. Feld is internationally recognized for his research and clinical expertise in hepatitis C management.

Will I be able to live a normal life again after my liver transplant?

Mohit is a health equity activist based in Toronto. He was born with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia and received a liver transplant at the age of 11.

Can I actually cure my Hepatitis C?

Dr. Jordan Feld is a liver specialist at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease. Dr. Feld is internationally recognized for his research and clinical expertise in hepatitis C management.

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