Hey!! I'm Elsie,
and I've got Hepc. I was diagnosed about three years ago.
Think my story begins with drinking and drugging for so many
years. I started drinking and drugging at age 15. After high
school I ran away to California to be with my boyfriend. Five
years of Cal. life meant five years of crank, coke and booze.
I finally had enough of that and came back home to Portland,
Portland, Oregon ahhh the land of oh so many drugs!!! Yep,
started back up with drinking and drugging again. This time
I had moved on to bigger and better drugs, heroin. Oh!! And
guess what? Another boyfriend..LOL Hooked up with this guy
and heroin and the rest is history. Nearly ten years of shooting
dope, in and out of jail, and the risky behavior that goes
along with it. I did get hepatitis from sharing needles. Eyes
turned yellow, and was oh so sick. This happened in the early
80's. After I got over the hepatitis, I never knew I was still
packing around the sleeping dragon. At least that's what I
assume. Took off again, this time to the East coast. Landed
in New Jersey, dope sick and tired. Boyfriend did some robberies,
and guess who was in the car when he got busted?? Little ol'
me.. Spent nearly four months in Essex County jail. This !
is not a fun place to be. LOL Finally went to court and got
released, but was due back in court. Well, I didn't go to
court. Boyfriends father bought me a ticket home to Oregon.
And I went home.
Several more years of running on the streets shooting dope.
Same story, in and out of jail. Finally went to a live in
rehab. Did pretty well there. Relapsed several times, but
was able to hold down a job. Then ofcourse another guy. Relapsed
very heavily. I became pregnant with my first child. Dumped
guy, and cleaned up. I always say Rachel saved my life by
coming into this world.
Then I did something stupid. Stupider!!! I got married to
an alcoholic. I didn't know he was when I married him. Relapsed
for a few months. Then I kicked him out of my house, and divorced
him. I've been clean ever since. Think I'm coming up on year
I married again to my present husband. I got pregnant in our
first year of marriage. That's how Hayley got here. My little
butterball turkey!!! I was having several health problems
that my doctor couldn't really say what it was. A man doctor.
After going to him for a few years complaining of the wicked
fatigue and how my body aches all the time, I decided to find
a woman doctor. I went to my new doctor and she ran all kinds
of blood tests. I told her about my symptoms. They called
me on my cell phone as I was driving down the freeway. Lori,
we have the results of your tests. You have active chronic
hepc. Well, I didn't know what that meant. I wasn't surprised,
but not sure what it means.
After researching, and talking with tons of doctors, I wanted
to go on treatment. But, it was so expensive even with my
excellent insurance. So I got myself on a test study list.
I waited nearly two years on that list, then they finally
called me. The test study for Pegasys and Ribo was starting.
I did six months of it, and I'm a nonresponder. I'm not looking
to do any other type of treatment for a while. I have hepc
and I don't really care how I got it. I'm 43 and have two
girls, and I am in school. Anymore treatment at this time
just doesn't fit in.
That's my story in a nutshell. I experience the wicked body
aches with my hepc and the fatigue. Oh, and neither my husband
or my children tested positive for it. I was very relieved
bout that. So, I try not to let my hepc rule my life. But
as you all know it can be debilitating at times. My life is
changing, things are not right. And I need to make them right
I came to this site seeking understanding from people who
experience the same things I do. I found what I needed here.
In my real live life, there is not anyone who understands
what I go through having this illness. And there wasn't anyone
who knew about the evil tx that I went through. I'm finding
as I go along, I need to surround myself with Heppos.
So....."Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Sponge
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