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Friday, 18 September 2009

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OK, so apart from now having the time to write, there is of course why I want to write.

Well I'm not really sure I know the answer to that. I suppose I wanted to 'come clean' about my hep c. Not that I was ever trying to hide it, but it's not something that crops up in conversation is it?

You know how it goes - "Hi how are you?", " Yeah fine and you?", "Well, a touch of chronic hep c but other than that fine" ... Time for a sharp exit!!!

However, like me when I was diagnosed, there are so many people thinking "what the hell is that?" or "sounds nasty, how do you get rid of it, tablets or injections?"

Well, it certainly is nasty!


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Well, I've done it, I've succumbed to the delights (I hope) of the virtual world

Not that I've been a technophobe or some kind computer illiterate basket-case until now, you understand. I've just never had the time before to get involved.

So now, here I am Not that I particularly wanted to be here, but I find time off has been 'imposed' upon me An enviable predicament you may think, but the truth is I've just been sacked! And before you ask, I believe quite unjustly

That by the way, brings me to the second reason for believing my enforced sabbatical may continue for some considerable time is that essentially I was sacked because my employer found out that I am a Hepatitis C sufferer

There, I've said it - I am a Hepatitis C sufferer, I'm still getting to grips with being able to say that

Now you may think that you can't get sacked on those grounds, and strictly speaking you can't. But when a company finds out that kind of information, trust me, they'll find a way

So, that's the reason I'm here, for anyone who's interested

OK, enough for now, I'll write you soon, take care


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What Is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C Information:

Hepatits C is a blood-borne viral disease which can cause liver inflamation, fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread by blood-to-blood contact with infected person's blood. Many people with HCV infection have no symptoms and are unaware of the need to seek treatment. Hepatitis C infects an estimated 150-200 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of liver Transplant...

Hepatitis C is an inflamation of the liver caused by infection with the Hepatitis C virus is one of the five known hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D & E. Hepatitis C was previousley known as non-A non-B hepatitis prior to isolation of the virus in 1989.

Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C:

Acute Hepatitis C refers to first 6 months after infection with HCV. Remarkably, 60% - 70% of people develop no symptoms during the acute phase. In the minority of patients who experience acute phase symptoms, thet are generally mild and non-specific, and rarely lead to specific diagnoses of Hepatitis C. Symptoms of acute hepatitis C include decreased appetite, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, itching and flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis C:

Chronic Hepatitis C is defined as infection with the Hepatitis C virus persisting for more than six months. The course of chronic hepatitis C varies considerably from one person to another. Virtually all people infected with HCV have evidence of inflamation on liver biopsy however, the rate of progression of liver scarring (fibrosis) shows significant inter-individual variability.

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