THE BEGINNING

When I was a child in the late 1960s I was diagnosed with a birth defect that place my two kidneys in a sack. The doctors were able to operate and save the kidneys. This is when I received hepatitis C. This is definitely the earliest I’ve ever received a whole blood product. When I was in my early 20s I had a good job so I receive yearly doctor visits. Doctors always said I was in good health and I had nothing to worry about. I had a wife and two kids and was living a good life . Then when I turned 35 I decided to get a  $500,000 of life insurance. The insurance agent said I would have to get a blood test. After I receive the blood test I was turned down for the insurance. They told me to go to a doctor and get a blood test to find out what was wrong. The doctor did a test to check for hepatitis C. It came back positive but the doctor says the first test is often wrong. So we did a second test and it came back positive too. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of hepatitis C. So I asked what I could do? They said they had a treatment of interferon and ribavirin. Which meant pills and shots every week for 11 months. So we tried it and after 11 months found out it didn’t work. Four years later  we tried the new and improved treatment for about six months. Once again it didn’t work. After all that I didn’t mind because I was still working and things are going all right.