Hello, My name
is Walt I am 42 years old I have hep C genotype 1b, LFT's slightly
elevated, biopsy show's bridging portal to portal fibrosis with necrosis.
At the age of 17 I entered into service with the U.S Army therein I was
trained to be a medic between the years of 1976 and 1983. I contracted
hep C. In 1990 I went to donate blood I received a letter that changed my
life. The letter went on to say you need to see a doctor . Off I go to the
Dr. who does a cursory exam and asks some risk factor questions and say's
your only factor was working emergency rooms but you have nothing to worry
Fast foward to 1996 after having pain in my liver area for about
two months I once again went to the Dr. who does the labs and comes back at
the next visit and states you have hep C we need to do a biopsy. After
those results came back I then realized the fight I was now undertaking
one of simple rest and recovery. I went from a pretty active fellow to one
troubled by chronic fatigue joint pain liver pain skin rashes
colic gall stones depression . I figured I needed to focus my energies on
my future security and my families well being. I began my appeal with the
administration I was initially awarded 10% rating, I appealed that rating
and was awarded 100% in Feb 2000.
In August of 2000 I took a medical
retirement from my job at the Postal Service. I am fighting my last battle
with SSI. In hind sight I am glad I undertook these fights with three
governmental agencies while I still had some energy because even now I am
a shell of what I was a mere four years ago . My support system has been
great, my wife has taken a huge burden on herself by picking up a lot of my
slack as we raise our four children. This in itself is amazing considering
the old adage "you look good, ya must feel good," ha. The biopsy it didn't
is currently finishing her masters deqree while working part time and
being a mother and nurse and wife. The people who I considered friends
have all slowly vanished - some faster than others. I find spiritual solace
in the Lord and the Holy Bible and I find emotional solace in my family. I
some days until I see my seven year old daughter , there I see in her eyes
energy, hope and a care free feeling that all is good on this earth.
So that my
friends is my tale and I am sticking to it .
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