Aug 29, 2014
It's been 2 years since completing Triple Med Tx. with Interferon, Ribavirin, and Incivek and 18 months since officially attaining SVR. I feel great, better than I have felt for decades. I had a lot of extrahepatic manifestations prior to treatment, including an undiagnosed Autoimmune Disease. Treatment was Hel! but I would do it again if necessary. Treatment freed me from Hep C and all of its truly debilitating symptoms and manifestations. It took some months to get the meds out of my system and feel more normal again. Along the way, a year ago, I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Disease, a Hepatitis C triggered Autoimmune Disease that I have had for decades but never knew it until I sought the expertise of a knowledgeable and competent Rheumatologist. Thanks to her, most of the residual problems/symptoms that I had, have resolved or are vastly improved. I just returned from a fabulous 2 week trip to Quebec City where I enjoyed every single minute of being there. I could not believe how good I felt and how much energy I had. Compare that to 3 years ago, pre-treatment, when I was dragging around the house needing to rest every 15-20 minutes, even while just cooking dinner. Today I actually ran up the steps to the post office. Not sure when I did that last, LOL, maybe in 2004 or 2005. So I am doing very well and I feel wonderful. I am thankful that I treated when I did, before my liver fibrosis progressed past Stage 2. I am thankful that I attained SVR and that I now have improved health, an improved quality of life, and a new lease on life. For those who treated with me, thank you for all of your support through treatment. It would have been more difficult without that support. I know most of you also attained SVR. : ) For those treating now, and for those who will be starting treatment, hang in there. SVR will be attained and life will get so much better.