ATHENS – Mike Blackburn didn’t serve in
Vietnam but he was a veteran of that era. He never served in combat. But
his war continues to this day. And according to his doctors, his war
will end soon.
Blackburn, 62, has hepatitis C virus with stage 4
liver failure. A few weeks ago he was placed on hospice with 3-6 months
life expectancy. His diagnosis of hepatitis C didn’t come until Aug.
10, 2014, just six days before his 62nd birthday, when he went to the
hospital with severe stomach pain.
Last year’s birthday of course is a blur for
Blackburn and his wife, Pam. But he’s a self-proclaimed old country boy
from Kentucky and he’s a fighter and he hasn’t given up hope.
Labels: hidden disease, Personal Stories, VA, Vietnam veterans