In Allman's own words - here from an article in Everyday Health – December 2011
Allman was diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C after years of complaining of low energy and fatigue. “I didn’t know that much about the disease at the time, which made it all the more daunting. I just knew that it would be a long haul,” Allman says of his diagnosis. “I also was unsure about what it would mean for my life and for my ability to play my music, but I didn’t want it to slow me down.”
Allman, however, didn’t immediately seek treatment. He waited until he faced the music and shared the news with his friends and family. “I wasn’t sure what my friends and family would think when I told them I had it, but they were extremely supportive. I honestly believe people can get through this thing with the support of their friends, family and their doctor,” he says. “Looking back, I wish I had taken steps against my disease sooner.”
Allman’s hepatitis C was treated with interferon, a medication made with proteins similar to those your body makes to fight off infections. “I have to tell you, treatment was tough, but I never looked back because I was determined to beat the virus,” he recalls.
However, because his infection was treated so late, the therapy failed. His doctor then advised Allman that he would need a liver transplant. “It was scary. I’m not going to lie about that,” he admits. “I was feeling pretty tired, real lethargic, and was just waiting. But when I got the call that there was a liver for me, oh man, I was ready for it.”
It’s been about a year and a half since Allman got a new liver, and, since then, he has returned to touring with the Allman Brothers Band and his solo band and has released his first album in 14 years, Low Country Blues. “What a difference a year can make,” he says.
While he’s enjoying having his life back on track, Allman wants to make sure those living with chronic hepatitis C hear his message loud and clear. “Looking back on what I went through, I want other people to know that doing nothing is not an option,” Allman says.
"Doing nothing is not an option" .... words to live by.