I first got the news in 1998 when I was admitted to Hazelden Foundation for
chemical dependency. I had just survived a year living outside on the streets
of Denver, Colorado and I was in very bad shape. Every cell in my body was
screaming. I had pancreatitis from alcohol. I was exhausted, mentally, emotionally
and physically. My spirit was crushed, and I felt dead and angry inside.
I ended up staying at Hazelden for a total of nine months and I needed it.
I spent 30 days in primary treatment, then four months in the extended care unit
called Jellinek, and four months in a halfway house.
At the “mother ship” at Hazelden, I completed several blood tests to determine the
state of my health.
Two days after the tests, I was called to the medical clinic and told that my liver enzymes
were extremely elevated, and they told me that I had contracted Hepatitis C.
The most likely cause of my getting Hepatitis C, was sharing needles while
Back in 1998, Hepatitis C had no cure and it doomed the person to a painful death
with sclerosis of the liver, liver cancer and finally liver failure and death. They told me
that it takes about 20 years for the sclerosis to develop and then the cancer might
develop after that. I have been sober for 18 years, ever since I graduated from Hazelden
in 1998. My Hepatologist (liver doctor) told me that I have moderate scarring or
sclerosis of my liver. I became very worried and upset since it looked like my time was
running out and I was going to die an ugly death.
Late last Fall, I received a call from my hepatologist and he said that there was
a new drug, approved by the FDA, with documentation proving that it kills 95%
of the Hepatitis C virus. This was HUGE NEWS! What this mean’t was that me and
millions of Hepatitis C patients will now have a new lease on life. Going forward, I
could have 95 % less accumulated liver damage and my life will be extended.
The name of the new drug is “Harvoni”.
The second miracle that happened relates to the cost of the new liver drug.
The cost of Harvoni is $95,000. In my case, the treatment duration is two months,
taking one pill per day. When I initially heard about the $95,000 price tag, I was very discouraged.
My insurance company denied the request. Then while I was on the phone with my
insurance company, a second call came in from my pharmacy. The pharmacy explained
to me that they in fact just got approval for the $95,000 drug Harvoni. I was approved for the treatment.
I have great news to share with you! I completed the two month treatment and half way
through the treatment, blood tests revealed that I was cured. Today, I have no trace of Hepatitis C
in my body. Another miracle from Jesus! Jesus has given me new hope and a new love for Him!
Winston Churchhill said, “ Never, never, never give up!” For any of you out there with
Hepatitis C, there is hope and there is a cure called Harvoni.
Jesus answers prayers! All things are possible with Jesus!
Peace, Love and Blessings to you!