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Personal Stories

Women Aged 40-49

Here you’ll find participants’ accounts of hepatitis C diagnosis, living with hepatitis C, treatment and cure. The people and stories were carefully selected to highlight diversity in backgrounds and experiences. While this website is not able to tell every possible story of hepatitis C and treatment in Australia, it can show just how different people and their experiences are. In the stories can be found details of the many important concerns and circumstances our participants negotiated in living with and having treatment for hepatitis C.

The stories presented here rely on participant reports of overdose. Some experiences may not conform to medical definitions of overdose, and some responses described may not reflect medical advice.

While these narratives were written from the interview transcripts and rely on participants’ own words, some aspects have been paraphrased to improve coherence and readability. In making these changes we have worked hard to remain faithful to the original meaning and intentions. Some experiences may also be presented in other sections of the website, using more detailed quotations.

Amelia was diagnosed with hepatitis C while she was pregnant with her son, and postponed treatment until after she had given birth.
Cassandra was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1994. Concerns about the possible impact of the old, interferon-based medications on her work led her to postpone treatment for many years
Julia found out she had hepatitis C while pregnant with her first child.
Kylie was diagnosed with hepatitis C in the late 1990s. She was advised not to have treatment at the time, and she lived with the disease until she had the new treatment in 2017.
Lou works and studies part-time
Mem was diagnosed with hepatitis C shortly after giving birth in 2006
Peta hasn’t been diagnosed with hepatitis C and doesn’t think about it a lot
Trish was diagnosed with hepatitis C in about 1999