“President Eisenhower was my neighbor for a time,” wrote Bernice Miller ’53 of her time at Columbia—an experience that was quite some time ago, but for this liver-transplant survivor, each moment of life is vivid and lived to its fullest. Author of three novels and now, Liver Transplant: My Story, after graduating from GS, Berger Miller raised a family, earned her MA in English from Florida Atlantic University and her PhD from University of Florida. She owned and operated a building company, spent 25 years in the antiques and collectibles business, and traveled widely. No doubt, a full life, but certainly, one not lived without hardship.
Liver Transplant: My Story, which was published in 2012, is a memoir in which Berger Miller describes in detailed, layman’s terms her experience from the moment she learned her liver was diseased in 1990 through pre-transplant and post-transplant periods. By explaining this serious subject with humor and an uplifting message, she hopes that her account will help other transplant candidates—liver or otherwise—become more familiar and, therefore, less anxious about what is facing them.