I want to welcome you, islandmomma @islandmomma, to Connect. I am happy that you have taken the time to share your experience and that you are doing well. I agree that taking good care of yourself is essential for any procedure. I am a liver/kidney transplant recipient, and I can identify with some of what you have experienced. Like you say – Listen to your body and doctors is important.
I do not know (and am not qualified) to know how much of your own liver was involved with a 'rather large resection'. Nor do I know how much of a donor liver is used for a living donation. That might also affect the total recovery, as well as individual differences and health.