By: Elizabeth Nickerson
May 13, 2013
Tallahassee, FL--Pam Langford is getting ready for her daily routine. She is the President of H.E.A.L.S. of the South, a Hepatitis education awareness and liver support group, that spreads knowledge of the disease.
"I thought well I can just lay here and die or I can get up and help somebody else and I discovered that the more I helped other people, the more I helped myself," said Pam Langford, a Hepatitis C Survivor.
Pam lives with Hepatitis C. She says when she was diagnosed her doctor said she only had two years to live, that was in 1997.
Pam had a calling and moved the non-profit from Georgia to Tallahassee to spread the word on what she says is a silent killer.
She says she may have got the disease while working as a Brain Wave Technician when they only used needles.
"Of course, you would bleed and all I would do is clean you up with was alcohol was gauze and alcohol," said Langford.
Doctor's advise to get tested for Hepatitis C to lessen your risk factors.
"All the symptoms would be fatigue just feeling tired all the time and they start noticing they don't have that much energy," said Dr. Hardeep Singh from the Digestive Disease Clinic.
Pam will continue to educate people. Her non-profit has helped her put things in perceptive.
The CDC recommends all baby boomers born from 1946 to 1964 to get tested for Hepatitis C.
Every First Monday of the month 'H.E.A.L.S. of the South' meet at the TMH Diabetes Center.