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Sobriety Was the First Step in Saving Ron's Liver and His Life

"I realized I had to do something about it."

Road to recovery

"It's tough to give up something you liked doing for over 30 years."

He relied on his sense of humor a lot during those early days of sobriety. A little magic also helped.

"It's been a hobby. I used to be a member of the Magic Castle, and I've performed magic shows for friends and family."

Ron says pastimes like magic and stamp collecting were important to helping him stay sober, as was his work through Alcoholics Anonymous.

"It's tough to give up something you liked doing for over 30 years. But my liver was in jeopardy," says Ron, who passed those 12 months of tests and has remained sober since.

"Some people get help from doctors and then go back to drinking," he says. "They look a gift horse in the mouth. I'm grateful that I was given one more shot and didn't blow it."

"Ron put in the work and it paid off."

Ron's surgeon was Dr. Nicholas Nissen, director of Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Nissen told Ron that while he had stopped drinking in time to save his liver, the blood flow had been permanently impaired due to the portal hypertension.

"We had to reroute the blood to lower Ron's risk of bleeding and other problems," Dr. Nissen explains. "But we wouldn't have had these options if Ron hadn't changed his lifestyle. He put in the work and it paid off."

"The way I look at it, they saved my life"

"I wanted everybody to have pizza on me."

Advice on priorities: spirituality is number one

Ron Jambor and his wife LeeAnn

Family is number two

The real meaning of compassion

"You bet I'm grateful I was there at that party—that I made it."

Ron is a grateful patient and supporter of the Campaign for Cedars-SinaiLearn more about the Campaign.

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