THE HEP C CONNECTION
February 25, 2011
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.
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.
Ways to make it better...
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.
Volunteer & I serve on the advocacy committee.