Mother Son Duo Beating Liver Disease Together 

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH is a common, often “silent” liver disease. It resembles alcoholic liver disease, but occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol. Three years ago 54 year-old Cathy Ashland became all too familiar with it. “I went to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain,” Cathy told TV5. Shortly after, Ashland was diagnosed with NASH. Without a transplant, she would die. Because her diagnosis was not severe enough though doctors didn’t put her on a transplant list. That’s when her son stepped in. “As soon as I found out I offered to do it,” Philip McLoy said. After months of testing 29 year-old Philip McLoy found out he was a match. The news came with relief, but at the same time Cathy couldn’t help but feel nervous. “What would you do if something happened to him during the surgery?” she said. Putting all worries aside Cathy and her son are now waiting for the doctors to give them a date for surgery. They hope the transplant will take place sometime before Christmas. Cathy expects her recovery to take months, while Philip’s will take several weeks. “The miraculous thing is because they just take a piece of his liver it will regenerate in about a week.”The mother son duo admit the past three years have been an emotional roller coaster ride, but it’s also been a journey that has brought them closer together. Both Cathy and Philip say it’s made them realize what’s important in life and not to really let the little things bother you. “I gave him life now he gives me life. You know, it’s good.” A benefit dinner and “Not-so-Silent” Auction will be held on Saturday, November 27 at the Waterville Elks Lodge. Dinner will be from 6pm-7pm. Dessert and the auction will begin at 7:15pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids 12 and under. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance. To get your tickets call 557-2032. All proceeds will benefit NTAF Northeast Liver Transplant Fund in honor of Cathy Ashland. If you’re unable to attend the dinner and auction, but would like to donate you can visit Cathy Ashland’s NTA Fund Page.