After struggling with the blood-borne illness Hepatitis C for 16 years, blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson has revealed that she is finally free of the liver disease after being cured by an anti-viral drug.
The 48-year-old former Baywatch actress was obviously ecstatic at the news, and took to Instagram to post a risqué flashback image along with the following message:
I am CURED!!! - I just found out #nomorehepc #thankyou #blessing family #prayer #live I pray anyone living with Hep C can qualify or afford treatment. It will be more available soon. I know treatment is hard to get still...#dontlosehope #itworkedforme #thereisacure #love #happy #americanliverfoundation #celebration #Idontknowwhattodo #iwanttohelp #cannes #iloveboats #onthesea #free
Anderson first spoke of the possibility of being freed from the disease in August, when she told People that she was trying a new FDA-approved drug regiment. Speaking about her struggles with the illness she said:
"I'm very fortunate that I've had Hep C for about 16 years. 16 years ago that was [presented to me] as a death sentence. I think it really worked on my self esteem. Even though I may have looked confident on the outside, I think it really was a dark cloud that lingered over me."
"I don't have any liver damage and I don't have any side effects. I'm living my life the way I want to but it could have eventually have caused me some problems and so it was a real blessing that I was able to get the medicine. I'm half way there. I'm really excited. I feel good. I feel so blessed."
The mother-of-two has been very open about her battle with Hep C, revealing in 2002 that she had contracted the disease after sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband, Tommy Lee.
Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis C virus. Hep C can lead to conditions such as liver cancer, cirrhosis or scaring of the liver, and is one of the top reasons people receive liver transplants. There are many different forms of the virus, though the most common in the USA is type 1. Around 3.2 million Americans live with the disease.