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Please, Baby Boomers, mark your calendars

The importance of this just can’t be stressed enough! If you lived through the 1960’s – regardless of whether you remember it 😉 – ask your doctor to order a Hep C blood test. If you’re lucky and the test rules Hep C out, breathe free and donate some blood at your nearest Red Cross as a “Thank You”. If test can’t rule it out, stop ALL drinking (even beer & wine) immediately and ask your Doctor what else you can do to prevent or slow down serious damage to your liver. If you also have, or suspect you may have, Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH, HFE, “Celtic Curse”, “The Bronze Killer”) you are at a much higher risk for contracting Hep C and are more likely to have trouble clearing it, so don’t delay!

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Liver disease, liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, and an increasingly poor quality of life is what’s in store if your Hepatitis C goes untreated. It’s true, and it’s not fun, believe me.

Here’s another fun fact: Baby boomers, those born in the years 1945 to 1965, account for more than 75% of the cases of Hepatitis C.  (See the CDC page Here )

If you think you may have been exposed, even in the slightest manner, it’s really nothing to get tested and could be the one thing that prevents a very serious downhill slide in your life, your healthy life.

The second annual National Hepatitis Testing Day is May 19, 2013.  Mark your calendar and go get tested.


Hey look, I’m a regular guy, married to the sweetest woman in the world, a Dad, sports guy, good time music lover, just me, you know.  I was infected. And you know what:  it doesn’t really matter how, it happened…

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3 thoughts on “Please, Baby Boomers, mark your calendars

  1. So nice to see a post from you Leslie!

    I agree about people needing to get checked for Hep-C. I know someone in her late seventies who tested positive twice, while in the hospital, but then her outpatient doctor tested her, and she said it came back negative. “All clear,” she said. I thought, how weird, when the surgeon, sliced a nurse with the knife he was using on the patient, had tested the patient and the nurse twice and the patient’s tests came back positive. She was shocked, and at that age, ashamed. So, my point is, anyone can get or have Hep-C, you know.

    Wishing you well Leslie and hope to talk to you very soon!

    Lots of virtual hugs,
    Love, Michelle.

    • Thanks for the comment, Michelle.

      Your friend has nothing to be ashamed about. First, it’s not at all unusual for her not to have known she had Hep-C until her later years as the early symptoms are very non-specific and the more serious, life-threatening symptoms can take as long as 30 years from time of exposure to reveal themselves. In fact, most people find out they have Hep-C “accidentally” – such as when they go to donate blood. And second, while you can only get Hep-C by blood-to-blood exposure and despite fact that most of those diagnosed are illegal IV drug users and “do-it-yourself” tatoo-ers, that is NOT the only way to have contracted it. This is especially true for us baby-boomers and older folks because we grew up in an age where disposable needles were not yet invented. Thus anyone who got a vaccination, allergy shot, novacaine, or pierced ears before the late 1980’s are very likely to have been exposed.

      I’m going to try again tomorrow to give you a call. Keeping fingers crossed that no new stumbling blocks will show up at my door! 😉

      Love, Leslie

      • Good Morning Leslie,

        Thanks so much for your reply. I wish the nurses and the surgeon, the latter of whom I don’t have a lot of good feelings about, as he joked about his having, “accidentally sliced the Nurse during the operation,” on his patient, and never once sat down to talk with her about it. She laid in that hospital bed for two weeks so upset, because her oldest son, who is a little younger than the ‘baby boomers’ in fact does have Hep-C, and so, she thinks she gave it to him. Or thought she did I should say.

        I just can’t believe she got two positive tests; the second one to make sure the first was correct, but then the outpatient clinic told her the test was negative. I’ve always wondered if she only told me it was negative to ease my worries. sigh… Shame goes a long way doesn’t it? Now, the woman is having pretty serious health issues, but who knows if Hep-C could be a part of that.

        Perhaps if the time is ever right, I’ll bring it up to her. I wish the nurses had explained to her, their patient, the ways in which she could have contracted it, such as you have explained in your reply to me.

        I sure hope you are doing okay. I hope to hear from you soon. I had another big ‘stumbling block’ come my way yesterday, and must deal with that. I can still talk though, at least most of the time. So, I look forward to hearing from you.

        Thank you again for taking the time to reply, and also, for your post Leslie. You are a very special person and I’m proud to know that we are friends 🙂


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