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I moved to Grass Valley six years ago. It was love at first sight, a love that gets stronger with time. Grass Valley is nestled in Northern California’s Sierra Foothills. It is beautiful, the people are friendly, and I don’t want to say much more about it because as much as I love it, I don’t want it to get any bigger.

Hepatitis C is always on my mind and I was wondering how many people in Nevada County might have it. My unscientific, but probably low estimate is that 16000-2000 county residents are infected. With the first national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th around the corner, I thought for sure that the Nevada County Public Health Department would offer something—they aren’t. Then I looked to see if Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital was offering something—they aren’t either. That leaves me.

I am doing a brief presentation about hepatitis C along with a book signing on Saturday, May 19, 2012.  The health of the community and the world is threatened by hepatitis C. We are at a threshold, much like HIV and AIDS in the 1980’s. The difference is that hepatitis C is curable. The other big difference is that the majority of those with hepatitis C do not know they have it.  That may be you, a family member, a friend, or a member of our community.
One way I can give back to Nevada County is to offer a free community event in observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month. This is not about the book. This is about our future…

Hepatitis C: Preventable, Manageable, Curable presentation and book signing by Lucinda Porter, RN, author of Free from Hepatitis C

May 19, 2012 2:00-3:00 PM
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters/Tomes
671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley CA 95945
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