Hayes instructed ESPN earlier than coming into the hospital final month that he had been positioned on a ready record for a transplant on the Mayo Clinic and Northwestern Medication in December after being hospitalized over 20 instances within the final 12 months.
“The primary analysis they gave me was alcoholic cirrhosis. However after we dug in deeper, it grew to become simply power liver illness, as a result of I do not drink like that,” Hayes stated. “If I did drink, it was identical to wine or one thing like that. However my physique is made totally different. And that is what [my doctor] stated — ‘All people’s made totally different.'”
“I went from 220 [pounds] to 150,” Hayes stated. “That was after I was first identified.”
Whereas alcoholic liver cirrhosis is on the rise in younger folks ages 25-34, Hayes stated he suspects the usage of non-prescription ache medicines is what precipitated his situation, mixed with a household historical past of liver illness. Hayes stated he took over-the-counter ache medicines throughout his enjoying profession, however indicated he by no means took greater than the quantity directed on the bottle.
“I did not do like common guys do with the Toradol photographs … I simply took Aleve and Tylenol,” Hayes stated. “I assumed it was safer. However I as soon as I obtained out and began doing analysis I used to be like, ‘Oh … my physique is just not arrange for this.'”
Hayes, who performed for the Bucs from 2008-2011, the Chicago Bears in 2012 and Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013-2014, was identified with the situation whereas being handled for an unrelated medical difficulty.
The FDA advises that taking an excessive amount of Tylenol (acetominophen) may cause liver injury, and people with liver illness or who eat three alcoholic drinks every day ought to seek the advice of with their physician earlier than taking the medicine. So far as Aleve (naproxen), it has been related to instances of drug induced liver harm — 1-3 per 100,000 customers, in line with the Nationwide Heart for Biotechnology Info.
“At first I did not let my children come round after I was within the hospital,” stated Hayes, who has kids ages 13 and eight with spouse Shevelle. “Over time we eased into them figuring out about me and now they know tips on how to deal with issues …”
“I went right into a melancholy for actually three months. … supreme melancholy,” stated Hayes, who initially stored his analysis personal, earlier than opening up, believing it might assist others. “I wished extra to know however did not need to be a burden. … Being in my place, I used to be all the time so personal that I closed myself off to folks.”
He stated he hoped his story will assist folks be taught to understand all the nice that they’ve — life’s easy pleasures — stunned in mattress by his daughter or listening to her laughter and his son’s after they’d snatch his cellphone and take footage of him sleeping, posting them on his Twitter account.
“I am having fun with life, I am spending extra time with my children and I actually need to assist folks …” Hayes stated. “My major aim is to only encourage, to encourage the following individual, it doesn’t matter what they are going by, it doesn’t matter what who talks unhealthy about them — household, mates, social media, all of that crap — it do not matter. You deal with you. Be sure to’re straight. That is all I need to do.”