I am a Hep Hero because I have had the virus for over 30 years that I kept secret – but now I have come out to all my friends and associates on Facebook and my social group this year.
As a 67 year old woman who has had a wonderful life, full of adventure, I retired to the country in 1994 when I found out I had hep C and became a hermit.
It had a devastating effect on me when I found out. I missed out on 20 years of life because of the shame.
I came to live in Melbourne 3 years ago, as I had reconnected with some old friends. Soon after a friend died, and we had a bigger reunion to celebrate her life.
It was that weekend that I decided to come and live in Melbourne and reconnect and start to live a productive life again. I have been going to St Vincent’s Hospital about my hep C.
I have finished the treatment, and the specialist said wait 3 months after you finish to get the blood test, which will be at the end of September.