The Blog and the Book

As I write this page, I’ve just learned I’m 100% free of hepatitis C. I’ve had it for a long time–more than 40 years. The day after my second daughter was born, just hours after I arrived home from the hospital, I hemorrhaged. Luckily a friend who was an intern was
visiting. He raced me back to the hospital, careering his car through a Montreal blizzard. As I lay on a gurney in the emergency room, I had lost so much blood the nurses couldn’t find my pulse. I received a massive blood transfusion.
Back then there was no blood screening for hepatitis C.The cover of Elizabeth Rains' book to be published by Greystone Books

Between then and now, I moved west and morphed through many careers, starting as a hippie soapstone carver, becoming a graphic artist, moving into journalism, and ending as a university instructor. My daughters grew into successful, caring women. My husband and I bought a former grow-op and transformed it into a lovely waterfront home. Life was good–so it seemed.

Then I learned of the hep. It was attacking my liver and I was terrified. But I knew I needed to confront my fear, so I did what I usually do in a crisis. I read books, articles, websites, and reports about my situation, and I talked to every expert I could find who knows about the topic. This disease could kill me, and at the very least I wanted to learn about it. Then to calm myself, I did what calms me: I wrote. The writing will turn into a book, to be published in fall 2016 by Greystone Books. The title will be Demon in My Blood: My Fight with Hep C–and a Miracle Cure. As I amass more research and dig into my memories of six frightful months during treatment, I will be writing this blog.
I hope this blog helps people with hepatitis C feel less bookalone with their disease. I also hope it gives them confidence to pursue some of the new treatments that report cure rates upward of 90%. I was cured by one of these treatments. I took just two pills a day (sofosbuvir and simeprevir) that gave me no side effects. I plan to discuss the treatment in this blog, and I hope to connect with other people who have or had hepatitis C.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you you will follow it and post your comments.

–Elizabeth Rains

 

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8 responses to “The Blog and the Book

    • Thank you. It’s wonderful connecting with people like you who pour their energies into advocating for testing and treatment.

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  3. Elizabeth, I’m a little late on reading your blog but was so interested in every word. Can’t wait to read more. Mary.

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  5. Hello friends!!!! my name is LISA CAROL am from USA , i want to share this great and wonderful testimony to the general public on how i got cured from my sickness called (HEPATITIS B) by DR ODIGIE healing herbal medicine , I have been suffering from (HEPATITIS B) for good 6 years now and I was almost going to the end of my life due to the constant pain, especially in my LIVER . all I have in my mind is let me just give up because life was no longer intestine to me any more but I just pray to God every day to accept my soul when ever I die, luckily to me , my kid sister ran to me that she found a doctor in the internet who can cure (HEPATITIS B, HERPES,CANCER, and HIV/AIDS ) she helped me out on everything, the great Dr ODIGIE only ask for my Details and some items , so that he can prepare a Herbal medicine for me and send it to me in my country , which he did.. so after two days of getting the medicine and taking it as prescribe to me from him , I started getting more stronger my blood started flowing normally , i started experiencing changes all over my Body as the great DR ODIGIE assured me that i should go for medical check up that i have been cured, so after some time i went to my doctor to confirmed if i have be finally healed , behold it was TRUE and i was very Happy ,so if you have HERPES , HEPATITIS B ,CANCER , HIV/AIDS or any kind of sickness YOU HAVE , you can contact him and also he do cast love spell , and any kind of spell you can think off or any illness get cured, i advice you all to contact him on Via mail at (drodigiesolutiontemple@yahoo) Good luck..

    • Thanks for your story. This site focuses on hepatitis C, but hep B is also a very serious disease. According to my research, there is no know cure for hepatitis B but it occasionally goes away on its own.

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