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MaMaBear's Story

MaMaBear, 2003

Hello Heppos!

So many of you have told me that that you cannot find any info about me...thus I decided to tell my story. Don't want to bore you or draw this thing out, but felt like I should tell you a little bit about my background, so here goes......

Born in 1951, an only child. Raised my Dad and his parents. Typical kid...grew up in later part of the 60's. Yes, I was a "flower child/hippy," and all that it implies. Dabbled in drugs a little off and on during the early years (even left for Woodstock, but stopped by a friend's house on the way there and ended staying and partying instead).

I've been married 4 times....3 of those times it was to the same man. My soul mate of today, and the father of 4 of my 5 children. He was a Vietnam Vet and we moved and partied a lot. When our children started school, I knew it was time for us to change. We did. Only I replaced the party drugs with alcohol....bad mistake in looking back. I have been sober now for 3 years and I am very proud of that.

Anyway, during my child bearing years I had a miscarriage in 1978. During this time I had to have a blood transfusion...that is where the Doc says I got the Hep C. Was tired and sick and "foggy" for years. They never could put a diagnosis on it. Kept running tests for Lupus over & over again. Finally, in 2003 my Primary Doc decided to check for one more thing...Hep C...and yes, I had it! Soon afterwards came the biopsy and the news that I was in stage 4 cirrhosis.

Hence, found me a Liver doc and Tx began in March of this year. Had lab done last week, after shot #15, and viral load at this time is UNDETECTABLE! Been praying for a miracle, hope I see it in my lifetime. Transplant will eventually come. I have accepted that and am hopeful.

Through a lot of heartache and pain, I have discovered how very important it is to remain POSITIVE....about everything. I thinks it helps your body in trying to sustain and heal itself. My biggest regret is the emotional roller coaster I have put myself and my family through due to the sides of TX. I seem to have gotten hold of myself somewhat, but damage with family is done. If it weren't for you and other Hep C folks, I would be alone in this. I thank God for all of you everyday. You have all welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I am part of a group that really cares about me. For that, I am eternally grateful.

The greatest lesson in life I have learned is this.....If you find yourself compromising your values in order to please those who don't know God, then you are following after the wrong things. (author unknown)

Love, light & healing prayers to all of you. We are all in this together.

Who said a little Heppo can't kick a Dragon's tail!?!



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