Diagnosed with Hep C in 1994


I received a blood transfusion in 1982. I found out I had hepatitis C antibodies in 1994, but was not told that I had the disease until 2002. Fast-forward to 2014, when a CT scan revealed that my liver was extremely damaged and that I had cirrhosis. It was not pretty.  I was so anemic from esophageal varices that I could barely walk. I saw a GI specialist and eventually went on 12 weeks of Harvoni, but it didn’t work. I don’t know what lies ahead for me.

What three adjectives best describe you?

Persistent, passionate, compassionate

What is your greatest achievement?

Getting a bad sidewalk fixed

What is your greatest regret?

Not being able to have children

What keeps you up at night?

Good books

If you could change one thing about living with viral hepatitis, what would it be?

Not having children

What is the best advice you ever received?

Do not give up

What drives you to do what you do?

Helping others

What is your motto?

Keep on keeping on

If you had to evacuate your house immediately, what is the one thing you would grab on the way out?

My dog

If you could be any animal, what would you be? And why?

A horse, because they are graceful and fast