to share my story with the world, Knowing that I may offer
some hope! My story start like any normal one. My Name is
Carolanne I'm 17 and I live in Ontario Canada.
16,2001 at school we were having a blood donor clinic. My
friends and I decided to make a difference in someone life.
We where so happy and proud that we gave blood. What i didn't
know it would change my life forever!
19,2001 I was coming home from School it was the day before
my final exams, I'm in grade 12. I was diving home and my
mom handed me a letter. I opened it up, and I couldn't believe
my eyes. There was a booklet on Hepatitis C along with a
letter. I read the letter out loud in disbelief, When the
words "The blood your had donated test positive twice for
hepatitis C and can not be used". I'll never forget my mom
look on her face, it was total shock. We got home and showed
my dad. No one could believe it.
on studying for my exams. I went online and to the library
to find out about "Hepatitis C" I had no idea what it was
I had only head about it in bio class. the tuesday June
25 my first day of summer holidays ( nice way to start the
summer) I went to my family doctor, and of course everyone
was in shock. But with out thinking we knew where I had
gotten it, I have 8 blood transfusion when I was born 1983
before they tested all blood for hepatitis C.
didn't know anything about it really so she order some blood
work and sent me to the one doctor in my area that know
about Hepatitis C. He was an Infectious Control doctor.
We saw him Wednesday, MY whole family went, He was a great
doctor, he explained everything to us and answered all our
questions. He Also did all my blood work him self that day
and sent it away to toronto where they do the Genotyping
and viral load. he said it would take about 2-4 weeks.
mean time all my family was tested and they were all negative.
As I waited for the results I lived online getting info
and reading as much as I could. I lived on hepcnet.net since
the second day i found out I had hepC. These have been the
longest month of my life.
july 19 I finally got the result, after my doctor had to
call in a specialist to help him understand the results.
It was Amazing news. I can quote my Doctor "By some miracle
you have clear the HCV" it was the best news I could want.
But then it hit me Could i really me 1 of the 15% of people
with HCV that clear it on my own. I didn't want to believe
it, it seem so impossible that I'd be so lucky, I spent
the last month getting ready to hear bad new then this!
and I are waiting until we get the second test result back
to truly believe it. it now July 22 and still waiting*.
There some many thing going though my head right now, I
sometime just want to scream. I'm afraid to believe it I
clear it because there such a small chance, I keep thinking
it has to be a mistake. We will wait and see. But the one
thing I want to everyone who read this story to take away
form this is that miracles do happen.
one day soon there will fine a cure for this "dragon" Maybe
the key to it lay in to such rare people as me, one who
clear it on there own. So my message to you is, never give
up hope!! Miracles do happen, Look at me I'm one!! I wish
you all the best!!
Hope AKA Carolanne
from Lyric: Hope's second test came back negative too.
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