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My wife contracted Hep-C 26 years ago, as a result of a blood transfusion. We found out during the pregancey of our latest child. After moving to Colorado we were delighted to find out we were expecting our 6 child....another boy. We are blessed to have 5 boys and one girl. Carleen continued on with the pregnancy and on November 29, 2011 our sixth son, Kyle was born. Six short weeks after Kyle’s birth, Carleen's doctor recommended that she have a liver biopsy done. It was a short outpatient procedure, and we were curious to see the results after her having had Hepatitis C for so many years. Also, we would soon need to discuss treatment methods and things we could do to put t his all behind us. So, we scheduled the procedure. The biopsy, normally a simple outpatient deal, turned into a nightmare.
Carleen was in pain from the moment the doctor had finished. She was sent to the ER, then home, and finally back to the ER before it was discovered that the doctor had hit an artery while performing the biopsy. My wife was slowly bleeding to death. A surgeon was called to discuss our options with us, but the news was grim. We were informed that surgery to correct the issue would likely result in death. Of course, we were devastated. The doctors told us that they would do angioplasty to try and stop it. Carleen ended up spending several weeks in ICU before being released, only to discover within days that she was still bleeding internally. This was only the beginning.
Because of the Hepatitis C, and the botched biopsy, the last few years have been filled with countless hospital trips and doctor visits. These events have been traumatizing to my wife and she has suffered tremendously. Each time we left the hospital, we had no way of knowing if the bleeding had stopped for sure. Also, Carleen’s condition and frequent medical needs severely hindered her ability t to care for and bond with our newborn son. Out of sheer necessity, and love for my family, I had to step up and be Mr. Mom. The experience was filled with pain, fear and uncertainty for my family and I.
Carleen has yet to have treatment due to all the complications that have occurred. However, with the new drugs and treatments coming out in the next few years we are looking forward to getting her healed!
Recently, I have been thinking of climbing Mount Rainier. I’ve had it on my heart for a while to climb for someone other than myself. One day, it occurred to me that there is not nearly enough media exposure for Hepatitis. There is so much coverage and awareness for other diseases, but not for the one that hits so close to home for me and my family. It really gets overlooked. I suddenly realized that I had a purpose for the climb. I would climb for Carleen! Through the American Liver Foundation, I have decided to raise funds to help families become more aware of Hepatitis C and Liver Disease. I have already begun my training, and plan to climb Mount Rainier this June. This is my way of showing my wife that I truly do care, love, and support her. Please help us in this endeavor.
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