THE HEP C CONNECTION

Rating: 4.43 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health

Location: 1325 S Colorado Blvd Suite B-302 Denver CO 80222 USA

Mission: The mission of Hep C Connection is to educate the general public about hepatitis C and to provide resources and support for those affected by the virus.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I will be forever grateful to the Hep C Connection. They have helped me in so many ways. They provide free Hep C blood tests, in which you will have the results within 30 minutes. Just call or email them to find out how to make an appointment. They also have a free "hot line" service, where people can call & ask questions about Hep C. In addition, they provide literature about the disease & where to find clinical trials. They also have a list of support groups in the Denver area, which meet monthy. The support groups are very helpful & I recommend that people take advantage of this wonderful service.
It would be wonderful if every city across this nation & across the world, had their own Hep C Connection. We are blessed to have them in the Denver area, but even if you live elsewhere, you can contact them & they will do their best to help you find support in or near your home town. Please donate some money to them, whatever you can afford. They were there for me at one of the most difficult times in my life & I will never forget them. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the Hep C Connection.
Sincerely,
C

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow the organization, to be in more cities acorss the United States, & elsewhere across the globe.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I discovered Hep C Connection online several years ago. When I was diagnosed in 2000, I was only able to complete 6 months of a 12 month treatment. Over the last few years, my viral load began to increase. Seeking treatment options/information, my husband and I planned to fly to Denver for a Hep C Connection presentation in 2011. However, there was a bad snow storm which prevented us from flying. I called Hep C Connection to explain that I could not attend. A few days later I was contacted by Hep C Connection. They had located a doctor specializing in Hep C here in San Antonio. I just completed a 6 month clinical trial with this great doctor and am currently virus free! Thank you to all at Hep C Connection for helping me reach that goal. Hep C Connection helped save my life.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 3 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I was infected with HEP C during surgery a year before I started treatment. I just finished last week and hope to have a positive result in July for final labs.I have had great support from Nancy at HepC connection with questions. I do not recommend going on line to chat lines. Every case is different. The night before I started I was preparing to be in bed for months-loosing ALL my hair (it did thin just a bit) but I do recommend the Book Living with Hepatitis C by Dr Gregory Everson. Use your phone to make sure you have an alarm to take you meds at the same time everyday--that was a huge help.I wish everyone well-I also juiced with apple-celery-banana-a slice of ginger- parsley or anything green. I will continue this forever--it is so healthy.Keep a positive attitude--you are the one who needs to take care of yourself--there is a lesson there!

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Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I felt devastated when the Bonfils Blood Center called and said that my blood donation was "red flagged". Further testing confirmed that I had a blood-borne virus. I had HCV (Hepatitus C). After thoroughly investigating the pros and cons of viral treatment for HCV and, following much deliberation with my family members and closest friends, I chose to undergo viral treatment. The final two months of my viral treatment program were an especially difficult time, physically and mentally. It was then that I began to implement the outside support resources offered through various online organizations and pharmaceutical companies.
And it was the HEPC CONNECTION website that proved to be the most invaluable resource for me. It was there that I first connected with one of the local support groups for HCV that the HEPC CONNECTION sponsors. That next month, I went to the support group meeting. What this type of support offers is profound in its value and effect. It is a constant, a comfort for me and for my loved ones, and, i surmise, for the other support group attendees. i have been going regularly ever since.
THANK YOU HEPC CONNECTION!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in attending the nearby monthly support group meetings and occasional guest-speaker dinners.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would tell more people about the HEPC CONNECTION, its value, its worth to our community and I would get involved with the HEPC CONNECTION, which I did. I am now a board member and a speaker's bureau member.

Rating: 5 stars  

I would recommend anyone with Hep C or anyone touched by this disease to contact this organization for support.

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I made my first contact with the Hep C Connection when I started researching information about treatment options. The volunteers were very supportive and friendly. After I finished treatment I started helping out with the help line to share my experience with others. I loved working with the people at the Hep C Connection and have become very close the people there. I am hoping to help out with with another Desserts and Delights silent auction this year.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was diagnosed 21 years ago and just recently have had symptoms. When i went to my Dr for guidance, I was sent to Hep C Connection. When you come to the support group you feel lost and freaked out and isolated, when you leave you feel like you are not alone in this trial and that everyone there understands. Support is very important with this disease. It greatly decreases the stress level so that you can mend.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the support and concern of each participant

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make funds available to less fortunate Hep C patients through this organization

Rating: 4 stars  

When I was diagnosed with Hep C in 2000 if was totally freaked out. I did not know where to turn and went to see a volunteer from the Hep C connection. I was given really good, on target information and ended up training as a volunteer. The information given was so helpful. The books and info on treatment were invaluable. I realized that talking to others with the same disease gave me insights I couldn't get anywhere else. Knowledge took away my fear and I know my own health depends on my behavior and attitude. Couldn't have gotten rid of the fear without Hep C Connection.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Going to Hep C support meetings in Lakewood has taken the fear out of the disease, but given me information that is up to date and usable for day to day living with Hep C.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more advertising or outreach for Hep C Connection. There are so many undiagnosed people.

Rating: 5 stars  

I got Hepatitis C from tainted blood during a transfusion in Viet Nam in 1969. Upon being diagnosed with Hep C in 1996 I began attending a support group sponsered by the Hep C Connection. I soon realized that I was more suited to giving support than receiving it. Since then I have suppoted the Hep C Connection in any way that I can. Hep C is a disease that is, at best, misunderstood. The "Connection" provides the public with acurate information about the disease but I think most importantly they provide free testing to anyone who wants it. There is no doubt that early detection is critical in combating Hep C. I had a liver transplant in 2004 and am now disease free. Thanks, in part, to the Hep C Connection. I would encourage everyone, whether you have Hep C or not, to support the "Connection" in their work. It is the best way I know of to stop the spread of a terminal disease that affects millions of people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the support that I have received as well as the opportunity to help in many ways. Whether it is speaking to community action groups to get our story out, marching to increase exposure and awareness or simply sitting in state budget committee meetings to demonstrate support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing. Although I could think of lots of things we could do if we had the budget such as suppoting more research for a cure.

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