My name is Barbara and I have probably been a victim of hepatitis C since 1978, if not before.
I have been ill all of my life and at the age of 15, in 1978 (yes, a woman confessing her real
age...LOL) I went into liver failure and stayed there for several months.
And for the rest of my life I have fought the dreaded physical pain that comes with severe
liver failure. I was severely ill in 1990 but docs and hospitals at the time would not touch me.
I was considered a street person. No one wanted to touch me. They thought I
had AIDS and turned me away.
My hep C diagnosis came in 1997 when
I went to donate blood. at first I thought it was a joke. I could find nothing of significance on it.
But I knew something was wrong. I had always had periods where life just seemed to
change. I am normally high strung so to speak and was raised with a work ethic of if the other guy is working twelve hours a day, you
work fourteen. You can always be replaced. The fact was it was getting to the point where
I didn't care if I was replaced or not. It was hard to bounce back whenI drove my body too hard.
Several hours of needed rest was becoming several days.
Fact is hep C took away my life. Yes, I did the interferon and from what
I know now...there is no way I will do it again. Not only did it destroy my health but it hurt my heart and soul.
How does one live when one isn't able to work? I am single. How does one date or get support?
I have recently started a support group that hopefully will help heppers.
If any reading this have any questions or input, please email me at email@example.com
Let's fight the dragon together as a community....even more...let's get the community to help us fight the dragon!
(how quickly they forget that at any moment it could be them who are about to lose everything!)
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