Natalie Cole diagnosed with hep C

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hep93
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   Posted 7/16/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I just heard this on the news.  She was an IV drug user at one time.  I know exactly how she must feel.  You think that horrible part of your life is over, then 20+ years later--BAM!  You're diagnosed with hep C.  I understand that she is responding well to treatment.  I really admire her for going public with her illness.  I pray she will clear the virus.
 
Connie

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   Posted 7/16/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie,

I hope she clears it too. It's a good thing for her to go public. The more the famous people go public with it, the more this horrible disease is brought to the attention of everyone including the lawmakers and hopefully more tax dollars will go to eradicating it.

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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie & Pink Grandma, I agree with you both. It took a lot of courage for her to go public. So many people are too afraid to let others know that they have Hep C.
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frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 7/17/2008 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Connie

You are right what courage it took for her to bring her story to the public. I too hope that it helps with lessening the stigma that is associated with hepatitis and finding funding for it.

Lucy

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   Posted 7/17/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   

I too am glad that she went public with it. I know that took alot of courage. I am not sure why I feel like I have to keep it so tight lipped but only my closest family know that I have it. No one at my place of employment or anyone but my family. I am ashamed for some reason and then on top of that you have to wonder if people would even want to still be around you. I think I grew up dumb about the disease so I assume everyone else is dumb about it also.

Anyway, I am still feeling good aside from never feeling like I get enough sleep even if its 12 hours. Guess that comes with it.

I hope that everyone else is feeling and doing ok......take care, Soonerfan1

 
 

hep93
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   Posted 7/17/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Sooners, most of my friends and acquaintances don't know.  People I worked with didn't know.  And they are still ignorant and don't truly understand, even when I try to explain it.  Also, people act as though they can catch it by just breathing the same air.  People I've told want to know how I got it, and that's one area of my life that I don't care to rehash over and over.  So most people know I have liver disease, but not that it's hep C.

We do need more research and better treatments.

Hugs,

Connie


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   Posted 7/17/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
It is the same with my husband. Most people know he has cirrhosis, but very few know that he has hep C. There are so many people that are too judgemental and don't even try to understand. It is beginning to be a very popular disease though. Many people don't even know they have it.

Sooners, I am glad that you are feeling well. My husband had the problem with being tired all the time for years.
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CaryF
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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
We should all be ardent fans of Pamela Anderson too. She does amazing work behind the scenes for the Liver Foundation and raises a lot of $$ for our cause.

hep93
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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

I didn't know that, Cary.  Thanks for the info!  Go, Pam!  :-)

Connie


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   Posted 7/24/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Pamela Anderson is very open about her Hep C, and contributes greatly to our cause so we need not be judgemental or jealous of her double Fs.

hep93
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   Posted 7/24/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Not jealous, Cary.  Anyone with enough money can buy those.  I would think she would be bothered with back pain.  My sister actually wants a reduction.

C.


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   Posted 7/26/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
ouch! double ouch. Peoples first reaction when I tell them I have liver disease is am I contageous. People stopped touching me. Family and church friends seem to be the exception. There is a lot of hands on praying at my church. I find myself editing what I say a lot.
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