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Sandy's Story
(by Sandy )

Sometime in the late 70's I was told I needed a hysterectomy due to fibroid tumors.  I had the surgery and was given a pint of blood to make up for blood loss during the months preceding surgery where I bled profusely and lost a lot of blood.  Unbeknownst to me, the blood was tainted.  There was no way to test blood then for hep C.

Several years later while visiting relatives in Fla. I passes out cold on the floor, hitting my head on the marble floor and waking up in an ER.  I had lost 7 pints of blood due to internal bleeding from an esophageal bleed.  I was diagnosed with severe hep C and advanced cirrhosis of the liver.  Didn't know what hit me!  Was told eventually I'd need a transplant.

That was 12 years ago.  My doctor thinks I'm a walking miracle because he said usually patients as advanced as I was were usually transplanted or dead within the following 5 years.  I truly believe in the power of positive thinking and although the virus is very much alive in my body and my liver enzymes are high and my blood platelets go up and down I am still fine for there hasn't been much of a drastic change in anything in quite sometime.

I do take Milk Thistle, Dandelion and am going to look into SAM-E, which I know have helped me stay the way I've stayed so far.

My sister was also diagnosed and was on the experimental meds with interferon for one year.  She became depressed, suicidal, insomniac, stressed out but stuck it out for one year.  She was okay for about 6 months after she stopped but her detectable numbers eventually returned to where they were before.

My friend Sandi, also diagnosed with hep C, was on the experimental meds for exactly 3 weeks and felt like a zombie so her doctor took her off.  

So I am thankful I'm here and keep hoping to stay on this earth and enjoy my kids and grandbabies as long as I can.

Sandy

 

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