The liver is an important organ in the human body. It aids in digestion, stores energy, and helps to rid the body of toxins. Liver disease is characterized by any type of damage to the liver that prevents it from functioning normally. This disease can be a result of viruses, drugs or other toxins, cancer, and genetic predisposition. In 2018, more than 4.5 million adults in the United States of America had liver disease. A person who displays swelling in the abdomen or legs, yellowing of the skin or eyes, fatigue, bruises easily, or color changes in the urine and fecal matter should be tested for liver diseases. Individuals who are obese, use alcohol heavily, have been exposed to other blood or body fluids, have unprotected sex, have shared needles with others, or have a family history of liver disease are at a higher risk for obtaining liver disease. This story path was created to show the reader how the choices they make in life effect their future health. The story includes scenarios which can either decrease or increase the health of their liver based on the choices the reader makes.
Franchebois, Macy, "Will You Contract Liver Disease?" (2020). Fall Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 93.