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Sandy's Story

Sandy and Bill

My name is Sandy. I was born 55 years ago in Ottumwa, Iowa. I came from a typical dysfunctional family. I married Bill in 1973. We have a son, Chris, who is 27 yrs old. He is a City Inspector for the city of Frisco, TX. He is married to a wonderful Christian lady, Vicky, whom we love as a daughter. They have given us three precious granddaughters: Jordyn (9 years old), Jerica (5 years old), and Jadynn (1year old). They are so very special!! Being a grandma is the best thing I’ve ever done!! Bill and I have a daughter, Cecily, who is 23 years old. She is still in college and lives with us. She is our test and payback. She is trying to find herself.( I do remember those days…)

My husband is a cost estimator for Halliburton Energy Services, and I teach kindergarten. I got my degree in ’96 the same month I turned fifty. I had had three years of college right out of high school, but rebelled against my parents and dropped out. That was during the 60’s !! Lots and lots has happened since Bill and I got married. Bill is a wonderful supportive husband. We have lived here in Texas most of our 29 years together. We lived in Iowa for a short while right after we were married, and we lived in Washington state for a year and a half.

Last year about this time my hands and feet joints began hurting. We had our house treated for termites in April and within weeks every joint in my body was swollen. It was extremely painful, and I couldn’t hardly walk, brush my teeth, could not get in the tub at all. It was not pleasant to say the least. I was dx with rheumatoid arthritis and put on Prednisone and Celebrex on May 17th. The swelling gradually went down. I was suppose to start on Methotrexate in June, but they ran a test to be sure my liver was ok, and you know the rest. I was dx with HCV in July.

The doc weaned me off the Prednisone before doing the bx. I had that done in October, and it came back minimal inflammation with no scarring or cirrhosis. My doctor ordered tx, and I started on November 16th. I am 1b with a viral load of 1,420,000. I got these test results in July. I will be tested at 6 months to see if I am responding.

The most important thing in my life is my faith. I was born again in 1983; therefore, I know all will work out no matter what the results on paper say. This is my journey, and it was written before the beginning of time – beginning and ending!!

I am so thankful to have found all of you for support and information. I love you all !!!! God bless!


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