Demon in My Blood
My Fight with Hep C—and a Miracle Cure
- ISBN: 9781771641708
- Tags: Andrew Loog Oldham, Biography & Memoir, Elizabeth Rains, Health & Wellness,
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
- Published On: 5/19/2017
- 256 Pages
One woman’s shocking diagnosis with hepatitis C, her search for the cause, and her miraculous cure.
Was it wild parties and rough sex, a blood transfusion after childbirth or after a horrific accident involving a group of bikers, or perhaps some other event during the freewheeling 1960s and early 1970s that funneled the demon into her blood? Regardless, decades later, on the verge of cirrhosis, Elizabeth Rains had to confront the fact that she was infected with hepatitis C, often a death sentence. But Rains was lucky. She was able to obtain the new, tremendously costly lifesaving antivirals, and became one of the early patients to be cured. This book tells her story while also shedding light on the workings of this insidious disease, the suffering it has caused other victims, and the path to a cure for everyone.
Elizabeth Rains teaches university courses in writing and editing and has written for magazines and newspapers in Canada, the U.S., and Ireland. She was editorial director and publisher of Pacific Rim magazine for fourteen years and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University.
Andrew Loog Oldham was formerly manager of the Rolling Stones and in 2014 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is currently a DJ on Steve Van Zandt’s Underground Garage channel on Sirius XM radio. He is the author of Rolling Stoned and Stone Free and is writing a book on his own experience with hepatitis C.
"Elizabeth Rains bravely journeys into her adventurous and sometimes scary past seeking the source of her infection, while increasing her deep knowledge of this complex virus and the possibilities for cures with all their outrageous costs and sometimes painful side effects."
—Brian Brett, author of Trauma Farm and Tuco