My story really begins in
December of 1996. My sister was killed in a drunk driving accident that i
was witness too. After that my life went downhill form there. Having been
an avid marijuana smoker, my drug use got more profound when I met a man
who seemed to be there for me in the loss of my sister. Two years after we
got together we moved to another state and lived with his sister who was a
intravenous drug user and also has the hep
C virus. My drug use increased to the point where I did not care if I got
the virus or not.
In May of 1999 I got pregnant with my now 2 year old
daughter. That was the end for me. I left the man that I had then been
married to for 2 years and moved back home with my mom. Knowing that I had
been exposed to the virus, at my first ob-gyn visit I told them that I
needed to be tested for hep C. The nurse looked at me and said "You
know there are really only two ways to get the virus" (which is
untrue), and I
said "I know, you need to test me". The nurse then asked me
how do I think I got the virus. My mother was there with me and when
I told that nurse that I think I got it from "shooting up
cocaine" I thought I saw my mother die right there in front of me. She was devastated. Now that everything was out in the open, I could heal.
The doctors took blood and did enzyme counts. When the results came back
very very high, I was then refered to a wonderful Internist. Dr. Sign in
Corpus Christi Texas. I have been drug free for over two years and I
am now enjoying a life I had almost forgotten existed. I am awaiting new
tratments for hep C to be approved by the FDA. After a liver biopsy and a
genotyping test, I found that my disease is minimal. I have a positive outlook for mine and my childrens
future after all I am only 29 years old and have a lot of life left to
For all of those affected by this disease "It is
not the end of your old life, but the begining of a new one".
Love, Peace, and God be with you all.
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