Posts by: Emmeline Olson

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...or makes him spiral into the depths of madness like in The Shining. To keep myself sane, I brandish a sword and hunt people for body parts for fun...but not at the same time. I'm a Kyo Sa Nim (2nd degree black belt) in Mu Sool Won and an advocate for organ donation through Donate Life and UNOS. The former wouldn't be possible without the latter. I was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), an autoimmune liver disease, when I was 23 years old and Crohn's disease right before I turned 33. I battled chronic illness for more than 20 years before my liver finally failed, and I received a liver transplant in 2017. I'm alive because a 30-year-old woman and her family made the unselfish decision to donate her organs. Six months after my transplant, I was able to return to practicing martial arts, which I had to quit in 2016 when my health declined. The physical and mental exercise has been a tremendous help in my rehabilitation and recovery. In December 2018, I earned my 2nd degree black belt. With my renewed health, I'm determined to advocate for patients and educate the public on the impact of living with chronic and autoimmune diseases..