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Caradel's Story

It's a great day in Texas! I am new to this room and would like to introduce myself and share my blessings with you today. I was an alcoholic/addict, iv drug user for many years. I had a baby @ 17 & gave him up for adoption. I began to drink/drug and basically screw up my life for 18 years. After hitting my "bottom" I decided to get clean & sober. My son's 18th birthday was August 1st, 2000, & I decided that I would attend my 1st AA mtg. to get help, as a b-day present to him, even though I didn't know where he was & hadn't seen him since birth. Well, my last day to drink/use was July 27th, 2000, and my 1st AA mtg. was August 1st, 2000. I met my (now) husband @ AA in Oct. 2000, and @ 100 days sober my phone rang & it was my son! He had been looking for me & found me! I met him & his parents and I couldn't have asked for better people to raise him! I got to attend his high school graduation & he gave me away @ our wedding April, 2001. In fact, his adopted father is a minister & performed the ceremony! It was beautiful!! By the way, my husband is also clean & sober. Anywho...The first week of June, 2000, I went to the dr. for my yearly physical & she found, you guessed it, hepc! Well, 2 weeks later, June 26th, my husband was on his way to pick me up @ work to take me for ultrasound on my liver & he was hit head-on by a truck & almost killed. I got to the site of the wreck as they were cutting him out of his pickup & putting him on air flight to the hospital. He was in neuro critical care for 4 days w/ serious injuries. Carotid artery severed in neck, amputation of end of thumb, closed head injury, ect...Anyway...I work at a nursing home as a recreational therapist, so I took him to work with me every day for over 6 months while he recouped, doing physical therapy at my job site, ect. During all this, I began my tx August 2001. I never missed a tx and only missed 11 days of work for 8 months. I cont. to take my husband to dr., lawyer, ect. We settled out of court with the insurance company of the other driver in Jan. 2002 and bought a house, moved, all that goes with it...Still did not miss tx. Sick as a dog, by the way...with a husband who refused to admit I was sick and figured that if we didn't talk about it my hepc would go away. Well, he finally went back to work March 2, 2002 and I am still on tx. When I started my viral load was greater than 10 million. In Jan. 2002, it was down to below 600. It is still below 600 and I am in week 45 of tx with 8 more shots to go. I am on combination tx, 3 shots a week. God has continued to carry me through all this & my husband is now coming around to understanding the disease process & being supportive. My job has been great to me, I have been under the FMLA, with no retribution for missed work time here & there. I am a geno 2b, 37 years old, ast & alt way out of range when first diagnosed...now @ 13 & 20 or so. My dr. is confident that I will remain undetectable and God is continuing to keep me and help me every day. I just want everyone out there to know that even when it looks like there is no hope and the road is too long and hard, just remember my story & know that YOU CAN DO IT...NO MATTER WHAT!!!! I would love to hear from you all...my e-mail address is cara.hackett2@verizon.net Also, caradel@yahoo.com. Please keep me in your prayers, and my husband as well. He was also an iv drug user for years and spent many, many years in prison. So, the chances of him having hepc are greater than not. So far, he has not been tested & doesn't want to be. He seems to be in decent general good health, but we never know, do we? Take care everyone & God Bless You ALL!!!!




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