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Barbara's Story
(by Barbara)

My name is Barbara and I have probably been a victim of hepatitis C since 1978, if not before. I have been ill all of my life and at the age of 15, in 1978 (yes, a woman confessing her real age...LOL) I went into liver failure and stayed there for several months. And for the rest of my life I have fought the dreaded physical pain that comes with severe liver failure. I was severely ill in 1990 but docs and hospitals at the time would not touch me. I was considered a street person. No one wanted to touch me. They thought I had AIDS and turned me away. 

My hep C diagnosis came in 1997 when I went to donate blood. at first I thought it was a joke. I could find nothing of significance on it.  But I knew something was wrong. I had always had periods where life just seemed to change. I am normally high strung so to speak and was raised with a work ethic of if the other guy is working twelve hours a day, you work fourteen. You can always be replaced. The fact was it was getting to the point where I didn't care if I was replaced or not. It was hard to bounce back whenI drove my body too hard. Several hours of needed rest was becoming several days. 

Fact is hep C took away my life. Yes, I did the interferon and from what I know now...there is no way I will do it again. Not only did it destroy my health but it hurt my heart and soul. How does one live when one isn't able to work? I am single. How does one date or get support? I have recently started a support group that hopefully will help heppers.

If any reading this have any questions or input, please email me at 
Let's fight the dragon together as a community....even more...let's get the community to help us fight the dragon! (how quickly they forget that at any moment it could be them who are about to lose everything!)


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Last Updated March 20, 2012