STUART-Life has its highs and lows. Without health insurance, and needing immediate health care, Cecilia Gainey was frightened, and believed she’d reached her life’s lowest point. Gainey had been arrested and sent to The Refuge Ranch, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. It was here that Gainey learned she’d contracted hepatitis C.

“When you’re in your addiction, you know things like that could happen, but you don’t care. When the consequences of my choices caught up with me…it was pretty devastating,” said Gainey.

Gainey discovered VIM Clinic from another patient at the rehab facility who had the same diagnosis. Once she became a patient at VIM, Alan Eddison, DNP, ARNP, treated her for twelve weeks with a new medication called Harvoni; a combination of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir. With a 90 percent success rate, this treatment offered the positive encouragement Gainey needed.

“When I got those first test results, and it came back undetectable, I was excited” says Gainey, “I’m completely healed of hepatitis!” Now, after seventeen years of drug and alcohol addiction, Gainey feels amazing, and credits VIM Clinic with saving her life.

The VIM Clinic in Stuart provides free health care for uninsured Martin County residents who qualify. For more information, call 772-463-4128, or visit online at vimclinic.net.