The Battle Against Hep C Rages On

RECEIVED Wed., Nov. 22, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Thank you for the hep C reports ["C Sick," Music, Nov. 24; "The Growing Chorus," Music, Aug. 21, 1998]. The word needs to get out truthfully. We think my HCV was contracted in a job-site accident where there was blood, and I CPR'd as first responder. In those days they trained CPR but did not give blood-born pathogen training or have Ambu Bags on-site. But the Sixties were the Sixties, and drugs, tattoos, and transfusions as a source cannot be ruled out in my case. It really doesn't matter how you get it, it's how to stop it that does matter! Maybe if we can get our leaders to stop warring for fun and profit, the medical community will have time and money for treatments besides hard-on pills and butt-bulging drugs. Getting tested and treatment is a must! I know of two others that responded well and got clear though treatment but in my case by the time it was detected, because of an artery from the liver to my heart blowing out creating internal bleeding and necessitating surgery, it may be too late. I have battled now four-plus years and did Peg-Intron treatments for two years with many side car pills and knocked it down but not out, then with continuing sidecars and finally another three months of daily Infergen shots (not FDA approved yet) and sidecars has not given it the boot. The side effects and depression are living hell, and I couldn't take it anymore for awhile and have stopped the shots but continue the pills, eating right, and taking herbs and vitamins. No drugs or alcohol. The viral infection has also attacked my heart now giving me an irregular heartbeat that we also are treating. So it definitely is the dragon, and it is hard to slay, and it is definitely taking lives, not only by itself but also with affordability and the lack of a real program and push effort on behalf of our powers that be. Thank you again for your help in bringing this terrible disease to the public's attention. The battle rages on!
Robin Johns
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