More people in the United States now die from Hepatitis C each year than from AIDS according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 3.2 million Americans are currently infected with Hepatitis C and the really bad news is that most people who have it don’t’ know it.
In coming days I will publish more information and heart wrenching stories about Hep C and the patients it affects, the lives it wrecks and what it costs our society in both human lives and dollars…it is astounding.
Hep C is a disease of the liver that society likes to keep in the shadows because of some of the ways in which it is contracted, but we cannot begin to deal with a disease if it is kept secret and treated as though it was sinful and dirty. It isn’t. The people aren’t and they need our help and our compassion.
Hepatitis C can be treated and there are some exciting possibilities on the horizon but now there is no available cure, not even a liver transplant is a cure because Hepatitis C is systemic.
To get us started on the road to understanding please view this video. It says more in a few minutes than anything I can write at this moment. Please share the video with others and then watch this space for more. I fully intend to say a lot more on the subject of this disease that affects so many of my friends.
Bob Aronson of Bob’s Newheart is a 2007 heart transplant recipient, the founder of Facebook’s nearly 2,500 member Organ Transplant Initiative and the author of most of these donation/transplantation blogs.
You may comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And – please spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors. There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance. If you convince one person to be an organ and tissue donor you may save or positively affect over 60 lives. Some of those lives may be people you know and love.
Please view our video “Thank You From the Bottom of my Donor’s heart” on http://www.organti.org This video was produced to promote organ donation so it is free and no permission is needed for its use.
If you want to spread the word personally about organ donation, we have another PowerPoint slide show for your use free and without permission. Just go to http://www.organti.org and click on “Life Pass It On” on the left side of the screen and then just follow the directions. This is NOT a stand-alone show; it needs a presenter but is professionally produced and factually sound. If you decide to use the show I will send you a free copy of my e-book, “How to Get a Standing “O” that will help you with presentation skills. Just write to email@example.com and usually you will get a copy the same day.
Also…there is more information on this blog site about other donation/transplantation issues. Additionally we would love to have you join our Facebook group, Organ Transplant Initiative The more members we get the greater our clout with decision makers.