Read Joan King’s and Laurel Gloslee’s “Hep C Stories” in new CATIE booklet

We just discovered two of HepCBC’s wonderful former Board members are now stars at CATIE! Both Joan King and Laurel Gloslee tell their inspiring and insightful Hep C Stories in a new CATIE booklet. View or download the entire booklet at   · Joan King’s story is on pages 18 – 23 · Laurel Gloslee’s story is on pages 34 – 39 Favourite quotes: CATIE: “W

What it’s like to grow up with a disease that’s kept secret: ‘I felt unclean’

Every family has secrets. For Lindsay Ventura, her mother, and her sister, the secret was a disease. At first it was something they didn’t even know they had, but when they were eventually diagnosed, they decided to keep it to themselves for years out of fear they would be stigmatized for it. The disease was hepatitis C. In 1990, when Ventura was 3 and her older brother was 5, their father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was given six months t

The Week in Review: December 1 – December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 News Recap: URGENT BC Patient and Caregiver Input Request: Vosevi. We need to hear your voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by BC PharmaCare on Gilead’s combo of sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir (SOF-VEL-VOX or Vosevi™) for Genotypes 1-6. Personal Stories This week we have two great stories of triumphing over HepC: Aidain’s ‘I will never forget the day I found out I had hepatitis c’, and Patric...

Hep C and me: ‘I was nauseous all the time. I couldn’t gain weight. My skin was itchy and raw’

WHEN I WAS diagnosed with Hepatitis C in the 1990s I was told I’d loads of more serious problems I had to deal with first. I remember getting the result and the doctor turning to me and saying, Patrick, it’ll kill you in 30 years so don’t worry about it. I was using drugs. I’d washed up to an addiction service, exhausted from the drugs, exhausted from the chaos of it all. I was tested. I was given advice that at the time that somehow made sense. Thirty

The Week in Review: June 9 – June 16, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017 News Recap Brenda’s Story Brenda and her husband were forced onto a journey they never wanted to take. Hepatitis C complications put her into a long coma and almost took her life. With luck, love, a generous stranger's liver, and a new hep C cure, she is not only alive but has returned to life with incredible strength and energy. She hopes her story will convince all baby boomers to get tested for hep C, for everyone who has he...

Brenda’s Story

MY JOURNEY – 2015, by Brenda Thorne Dedicated To: My grandchildren, whose mere presence on this earth gave me the courage to work hard to regain my strength and health. If I hadn’t wanted to watch them grow up, I might have given up. I wanted so badly to see each and every one of them. With 3 of them living in Texas, our Kitchener grandchild became the one who had all the responsibility of keeping Nana working hard. Her visits were so very importan

SVR Honour Roll

SVR Honour Roll Have you been undetectable for at least 12 weeks after treatment? Encourage others. Add your name! Congratulations to our friends: GJ - SVR Dec 1998 - IFN/RBV 52 wks., Dr. Anderson /Natalie Rock, Vancouver, BC. Jeanie Villeneuve - Oct 2000 - Schering IFN/RBV Amberose (GT2a/2c) - SVR 2000 - Schering IFN/RBV 24 wks. KG-Transfused 1987 (treatment-naïve GT2A/2C) IFN/RBV 24 wks., 2003-2004, Toronto. SVR confirmed 2014 Murray Pa

Woman survives more than 30 years with hepatitis C

A Realy Touching Story DINWIDDIE — Lisa Desmond lived with hepatitis C for over 30 years before she was diagnosed leaving her in a world of hurt and pain. One afternoon Lisa heard on the news there was a child in Richmond in need of plasma. The child was suffering from leukemia and was desperately seeking a donor. Desmond without hesitation immediately stepped in to donate. After a couple of weeks Desmond received a phone call. She eagerly answered

William’s Story

The pain was constant. Day after day, week after week, it seemed to go on endlessly. I started to deal with the pain by sleeping a lot. I had been infected for many years, and at first my body managed to cope. I slowly broke down bit by bit. It’s a slow and almost unnoticeable process. The virus began to win. My body had done as much as it could do. It sneaks up on you very slowly. Maybe that’s why we seem to accept our condition, or maybe it’s the bra...