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A Hepatitis C Awareness Message for Mothers and Grandmothers

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electricblue

I discovered that I had hepatitis C back in 2005. By 2008, it had already caused cirrhosis of my liver, found out by a liver biopsy. I had been an IV drug user for 3 years and, at the time, had a problem buying new needles without a prescription or proof that I had diabetes or some other illness. I started treatment with the new drugs Sovaldi and Olysio on May 27th of this year and will be done after a 12-week course. Luckily this medication causes no side effects for me. My doctor has told me, however, that even if I am in the 90 percent that can rid myself of the virus through medication, I still have the problem of cirrhosis to contend with. Please let this be a cautionary tale for anyone who ever crosses that line into using IV drugs.

July 3, 2014

Dakota

One of the easiest ways to find out if you have Hep C is to donate plasma. My health was rapidly failing for nearly a year and doctors attributed my symptoms to a number of things, but still not tested for Hepatitis. My doctors all assumed Hepatitis was tested and eliminated. A local plasma center was doing a promotion and I volunteered to donate... and it saved my life. Those centers test donated blood for everything. By the time it was discovered, I barely had the strength to go through the treatments, but within a year, I felt like a million dollars. That was seven years ago. Save a life and donate.. the life you save might be your own!

July 2, 2014

Lucinda K. Porter, RN

Oh Patricia, I laughed at this, because I more flower child than poodle skirt. I am also not from the disco days, a later fashion stage that was more polyester than cotton. But alas, Baby Boomers are all of these, and although we may not claim having the same taste in music, fashion, and values as the older and younger Boomers, sadly we share hepatitis C prevalence. Perhaps it is time to dust off that Nehru jacket and love beads, get out the protest sign, and demand that Congress act on this now! http://nvhr.org/content/action-alert-take-two-actions-support-viral-hepatitis-testing-act

June 30, 2014

paticia

I was born July 23,1955. I was raised a flower child this was the hippie generation. we wore mini skirts flowers in our hair roman sandals on our feet. LSD was the drug of choice (not me of course). keeping a messy room was the in thing. favorite saying when we got into trouble I'm just a product of your jeans. So stop lumping me with the baby-boomer generation with their long poodle skirts and bobby-socks. I am and will always be a Flower Child!!!

June 30, 2014

Linda A Taylor

I had hep A 2 yrs ago. Nearly took my life. Lost 42 # in two weeks. I insisted on being sent to a surgeon and was sent for MRI. Gall Bladder dead. Hole the size of tennis ball in liver. Awesome surgeon saved me!!! Bilirubin over 30. 24 hrs to live. Women, please get tested. I was extremely ill. God delivered me!!

June 25, 2014

willie g

I wanted to thank you for your quick reply and I am glad I replyed here because I got to read all the good stuff you have written here have a nice day willie

June 5, 2014

Lucinda K. Porter, RN

Thank you for writing. That must have been scary. I assume your wife had hepatitis A (or B), since there are no shots for hepatitis C. Doctors don't routinely test for hep C, so if you are a Baby Boomer (born 1945-1965) or have any other risk factors, don't forget to get tested.

June 5, 2014

r r

my wife had it we all had to get to get shots and so did her co workers. She was so sick I was afraid I might lose her . please get tested.

June 5, 2014

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