What Happened After?

Well, as you can imagine, after having Hep C for close to 30 years I was slowly dying.  In 2004 I was at the point where it was all I could do to go to work, come home, eat dinner and go to bed.  On the weekends I tried to keep going, but spent a lot of time on the lounge chair watching TV.  My spinal column had slowly started to get brittle and I could no longer lay on my stomach and turn my head to the left because my spine was too brittle.  I had very little energy and knew it was only a matter to time before I would die, and I was ready for it.  I’m not afraid of death because I KNOW it is not the end, but only the beginning.

Then my daughter came to visit me in 2004 and convinced me to go see a specialist.  She could see that I was dying.  So at the end of 2004 I went and saw one of the Gastroenterologists who had been involved with all the research into using the experimental drugs Interferon Alpha 2-a and Ribavirin to kill Hepatitis C.  AND to top it off he was in my city, so of course I had to go see him!  He wanted to do a liver biopsy, which I allowed this time and he took some blood to test.

When I came back to see him for results he told me that he couldn’t believe I was walking around and still alive and asked me what I was doing?  I told him about some of my natural remedies and he basically didn’t believe it and didn’t want to hear about it, of course.  It is hard for doctors to accept things that are not within their training experience.

He told me the biopsy and blood test showed I had grade 4 Hep C inflammation and grade 4 Cirrhosis of the Liver!  My brother-in-law died of grade 2 Cirrhosis of the Liver due to Hepatitis C and he was swollen, jaundiced, and had ammonia in his brain with grade 2 Cirrhosis!  So needless to say, my natural remedies had done a HELL OF A JOB in keeping me looking well and walking around looking normal, no matter what the medical profession believed!

At that time he also wanted to look down my esophagus because he said that with grade 4 cirrhosis like I had, there was likely, what he called “bleeding out” from all other parts of my body, including my esophagus and my organs other than my liver.  Then when he put me under and inspected my esophagus he could NOT believe that I was NOT bleeding out!  He had never seen anything like this and I have ALL my medical records to prove my condition!

In 1993 when I found out I had Hepatitis C the Gastroenterologist told me the experimental drugs they were using were Interferon Alpha 2-a plus an anti-viral called Ribavirin that had a success rate of 3% which is why I decided to go with natural remedies and my own research – I knew I could do better than 3%!  Ribavirin is SO POISONOUS that if a pregnant woman touches it her unborn child can be deformed physically or have mental retardation!  That alone was a reason for caution to me!

After the biopsy, the doctor told my daughter that I had about 5 years to live with the state of my liver – 10 years on the far outside.  In 2004 when I asked the Gastroenterologist what the success rate was for Interferon Alpha 2-a and Ribavirin experimental drugs, he told me it was up to 38%…now THOSE are odds I could work with!

Of course, I still had to maintain a specific state of mind and perspective to make these experimental drugs work. My story continues!   (More to come)

To your greatest success!~

Shari

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