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Kennewick Man Shares Life Experience

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Years of drug and alcohol abuse combined with homemade tattoos made one Kennewick man very ill.

38-year-old Philip Swanson was diagnosed with liver disease and hepatitis C three years ago.

Doctors told him that he would not live more than a year and a half.   

Swanson changed his diet and lifestyle and today he is still alive.  He said the homemade tattoos gave him the Hepatitis C.

Swanson said he hung out with the wrong crowd and used drugs and alcohol to make himself feel better about a number of personal problems. 

Swanson said, "I could go to bed and not wake up in the morning or I can live until I'm 70 years old."

He was forced to stop working as a chef because of his sickness and he will not be able to have any children because of the medication he takes.

Swanson wants to speak to teens and tell them what a horrible effect drugs and alcohol have had on his life.