Sheila Dewey
Sheila Dewey
Elk Grove, California
Diagnosed with Hep C in 1996

I was diagnosed with hepatitis C 17 years ago. That is when I stopped doing drugs. I honestly did not know anything about hepatitis C. The clinic told me, “You are healthy; you just have hepatitis C, which most addicts get,” and they left it like that. I found a primary doctor who referred me to a hep specialist. My doctors were awesome. Every year, they would tell me to wait. They did not want to me to start treatment because I’m very active. I work over 40 hours a week, work out a great deal, and I really try to take care of my health. This year my doctors hooked me up with treatment by way of a clinical trial. I started in July, took one pill a day and got paid. I am now CURED! I had very few side effects during the eight-week treatment. I did not have to change any of my routines. I feel so blessed.

What adjectives best describe you?
Very active

What is your greatest achievement?
Staying clean and off drugs and then being able to go into a group home and share my story and help other women

What is your greatest regret?
Wasting all that time with a drug addiction

What keeps you up at night?

Worry about my children sometimes when they are making the wrong choices

What is the best advice you ever received?

Give your life to the Lord.

What person in the viral hepatitis community do you most admire?

My doctor

What drives you to do what you do?
A new desire to take care of myself and be my own advocate. We only get one body and we have to take care of it.

What is your motto?

No matter what do not pick up; keep it moving and never give up.

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

I’d make sure my family is out.