I guess it would help if I explain why I’m writing this, why I feel so strongly about it, and why I need your help to spread the word regarding the dangers of viral hepatitis, and to promote causes that can facilitate it's eradication.
My name doesn't really matter, so call me Bonhomme. I was born under relatively normal first born c-section circumstances, except for a microscopic difference. I am one of the few vertical transfers, which means my mother had Hepatitis C, and gave it to me once I was born. My brother and father do not have it, it’s not genetic, it’s not an STD, it’s a bloodborne pathogen which means it is transferred only through blood to blood contact.
It’s a strange virus and doesn’t affect everyone the same, it attacks the liver, causing hepatitis (hence it’s name.) Generally speaking the virus can cause: Jaundice (yellowing of the skin/eyes brown by the cuticles), fatigue, chirosis, fibrosis, liver cancer, abdominal pain, dark urine/stool, loss of apetite, nausea, vomiting. What does all of that mean? It means If you’ve got Hepatitis, you’re gonna have a bad time.
Due to the nature of a deteriorating liver, transplants are often necessary(it doesn’t cure the virus, just prolongs life) but even with transplant the life expectancy is decreased. For myself I was staring at timer that say death before fifty… now some of you medical professionals or Wikipedia experts are going to question that, because given what I’ve said it should be before sixty. The catch is that I have not only the hardest of the hardest to cure types… I also have developed esophageal varicies, due to my deteriorating liver.
I’m not the worst case of this…shituation, but I’m in that bracket. I’m also classified as a non-responder.
What’s a non-responder? In this case it’s someone who has not responded to treatment…. In my case it’s twice I’ve failed… so here we go third time’s the charm! Each treatment has been progressively stronger.
So here we go, here’s to forty eight weeks of feeling terrible, and to going from Hepatitis C to Hepatitis Free…