Sunday, September 11, 2016

The loss of my dad in his early 20's I hope can persuade "Baby Boomers" to be checked #HepC




                            



My mom and dad are baby boomer's. My dad passed away at a very young age in his early 20's. I really do not remember him I was just a baby. I look at photos of when I was a baby and do not know my dad. As I write it makes me so sad. I did not have my dad with me my entire life. I was young when they were no longer together. 


We know he passed from liver disease but it was said he had Hepatitis C that made his liver fail. He had cirrhosis of the liver which happens from Hepatitis C. If we knew then what we knew now would my dad still be here ? I know so.


Would I know him and would he have seen me grow up?
Would he be here with me now ?
Would I have had the chance to have a dad ?

   





Are you a baby boomer ? Baby Boomer consists of people born between the years of 1946 – 1964. I am a few years short of being a baby boomer. As a group, they were the wealthiest, most active, and most physically fit and after WWII couples were now ready to start their families and that is what started the baby boom. They were the first 
to grow up expecting the world to improve with time.



Unfortunately, the baby boomer era is known for having the highest rate of Hepatitis C. Most boomers are believed to have been infected in the 1970's and 1980's. The most important thing to know is that you can go decades without symptoms and have Hepatitis C creep up on you when you least expect it. It is so important for everyone to be tested. A simple blood test can save you or your loved ones life. 



Before 1992 blood was not tested or screened for sensitive tests such as (HCV). People who had organ donations, blood transfusions before 1992 are at a higher risk. Health care workers who were  accidentally stuck by a needle helping an infected person is at risk. You could get hepatitis C through contact with an infected person's blood.



                       
Take a few moments to watch the above video

Now that I have explained how and who is at risk for Hepatitis C don't you think it is important to be tested? Shouldn't you and your family members be tested to? An easy test that can be performed by your doctor. It is an antibodies test done by a blood test.  You can read more information here knowing the facts.



Here is information from Quest that contains important facts and information you should read. Download the patient brochure here take a quiz. Most Baby Boomers don't know much about Hepatitis C, how it is contracted, risk factors and symptoms. 

Ask your doctor about being testing for Hep C
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

 Learn More About World Hepatits Day
Here


Remember, I never got to know my dad because of this disease. Please do not let this happen to you or a family member. It is treatable and so many people live a full life with treatment. 




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21 comments:

  1. Hepatitis C is really scary if you could go for decades without any symptoms. It's good to know though that it is treatable. Early detection is key.

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  2. This is so important! My uncle has Hepatitis C and it is very serious. Thank you for bringing attention to this.

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  3. I never knew these facts about Hepatitis C. Your dad would be proud of you for sharing.

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  4. Thanks for all this information about Hep C. As a baby boomer myself it's good information to have. I'm sorry about the loss of your dad at such a young age. I'm sure it was difficult growing up without him.

    Thanks for sharing at the Blogger's Pit Stop. By the way, the link there did not work (I had to go to your home page and navigate here). You might want to link again.

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  5. I learned new info about hep C. Thanks for sharing, now to share this with others.

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  6. We have a great doctor who is very tuned in to things like this. It is very important to be checked.

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  7. This is a great article, thanks for educating us about hepatitis C and I will definitely share this with my family and friends.

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  8. My father passed away in his 20's too. My mom was expecting me. It's sad, definitely.

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  9. It's wonderful that you are shedding light on this. Hep C is no joke. I remember doing a report and presentation on it in Dental Hygiene school and it is terrifying. Waaay more potent than the HIV virus. I did not know it was so prevalent among Baby Boomers though. Good to know!!

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  10. what a great post! mad respect to you for promoting this. i loved the infographics

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  11. I had no idea about this, to be honest. I'm aware that Hepatitis C is something we can acquire, of course, but not because you were born a certain year. It's really good to raise awareness on this especially for the safety of our loved ones.

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  12. I think this is an extremely important topic. Everyone should be checked for this. I go in every year to the doctor, so I am always getting myself checked out.

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  13. This takes a level of personal strength that is so deeply profound. Great post!!

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  14. Is there even a scientific explanation for the generations before us? I guess just by thinking I wouldn't know it, thanks for the various links and the video as well!

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  15. Getting tested and proper care is so important! My mom is a Hep C survivor!

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  16. Hepatitis C has become a bit common disease these days as I know few around me affected, but never know the facts related to it. Such a great resource & I agree it is important to have regular checkup to keep yourself healthy.

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  17. This is a very important step. I know some survivors and love to share this to their families.

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  18. This is a great post on the importance of getting checked out for HepC. I am so sorry you lost your father at such a young age. I will definitely look into it more and share with my parents.

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  19. A family friend is a Hepatitis C survivor, I thank you for sharing as these facts can help save lives.

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  20. This is a very informative post on Hep C. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I know someone who just recently had the treatment for this. Before that, they were preparing that they wouldn't live that long.

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