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Karen Hoyt 

Creator of ihelpc.com and author of “The Liver Loving Diet”

I'm a teacher who runs a website for liver disease. I'm a good food eater, fast walker, and nature lover. My free time is spent eating watermelon, teaching yoga, writing, and making videos.

I use my life to encourage those with liver disease to find new ways of improving their physical, mental, and emotional health.

I took a sad situation with Hepatitis and turned it into an opportunity for change. I use hope and persistence against anything that would hold myself or anyone with Hepatitis back in life.

Doubt, stigma, lack of medical funding, rejection, and isolation can trap people into believing they are stuck. I like to help other's unlock the keys to a happy and hopeful future.

I had an emergency room diagnosis with end stage liver disease from Hepatitis C in 2010. There was not a lot of online support so I started the Best Friends Guide to Hepatitis and began to encourage others to take action against the virus.

Too weak to treat on the old treatments, and too sick to live long, I begged for the newest therapy.

After starting the 48 week treatment, my liver began to fail. I continued and cleared the virus forever. Even after liver cancer and a transplant, I continue to believe that our lives can be lived to the fullest, no matter how severe our health problems are with Hepatitis.

Many people feel that a diagnosis of Hepatitis leaves them stuck without a healthy future. They feel trapped inside a sick body. They isolate themselves and don't get the treatment and education they need.

If everyone knew that they could have a fantastic future, more people would get tested and find the medication and treatment they need.

Karen's message to others:

Hepatitis does not define who you are. YOU are a person who has a virus. There are options for medication, treatments, and lifestyle changes that can propel you into the future that you were born to live. Create a new vision of who you can be in spite of the Hepatitis Virus. Go live that dream!