Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Glimpse From My Past

So this picture is from 1990, and sometime around early Autumn as best as I could remember, before Halloween. I was staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Lexington, Kentucky and this is roughly when they first diagnosed me with having HepC (HCV). I had received some low platelet counts for a while, and was finally tested and found that I had Hep Non-A Non-B. There was no C at the time. But they knew it was the new form of Hepatitis. I spent a short bit at this place, surrounded by some pretty sick kids, but at the time, I didn't realize nor understand all that was going on. Things like this became the norm for me, so I just accepted it for what it was and lived my life with Nintendo, He-Man toys and Ninja Turtles.

I reflect on this because of the upcoming treatment therapy on Sovaldi and the miraculous cure that very well could follow afterwards. Life is not about caving yourself into a walled fortress and dealing with these types of issues on your own. First, that's not how God wants us to live, and second it's just not healthy thinking. That's why, for the first time in my life, I'm taking this initiative to document this therapy; good, bad, graphic or jubilant. Looking back, I was just barely 11 years old at the time, it astonishes me to this day the road I've traveled, the doctor's offices I've visited, and the testimony that God has already paved for me through my life. Even if I didn't get this chance of treatment, or this treatment fails big time and I have adverse reactions, my story and testimony are valid, already there and evident that God is doing amazing things through everyday people.

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