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  ~Carleen's Story~

  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.

Carleen's Story

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