I have been here before awaiting trip therapy for 1a. I have stage 2 to 3 liver damage on scale of 6 and am 39. I still do not want to do this tx but here it is everything is in order now.(For now) Anyhow I just wanted to say hello to everyone. I hope everyone is hanging in there. And thank you all for sharing your experiences.
I will be in touch. I donn't wanna do this! I have to I just keep thinking I have time to wait but it is driving me crazy and I do not know how fast I could progress or maybe something else could go wrong with me and I need my liver well to survive it and to asorb any meds I may need in the future. This is tough....
I have to I just keep thinking I have time to wait but it is driving me crazy and I do not know how fast I could progress or maybe something else could go wrong with me and I need my liver well to survive it and to asorb any meds I may need in the future.
Hi.. good to see you,and yes if you are slipping into stage three I would agree that now is a great time to treat.
These meds are approx. 70 -80% succesful in eradicating the virus ..and the more damage you have ,especially if you slipped into st 4 (cirrhosis ) those odds can decrease further..
Good to see you back and as you know the support here is second to none..
Best of luck..
Triple TX can be difficult, but it is worth it for the chance to cure your Hep C before you progress to Cirrhosis. As willbb said, now is a great time. The success rate has never been higher for genotype 1's.
Thank you all for the encouragement. I know I am goin into this kicking and scrreaming lol. I am doing my final blood work this week and should start by next week on trip therapy. I am hoping for the best. I can do this
Hey Jenn! Welcome to the zoo. Believe me we all were kicking and screaming before starting lol. But its just the cards we were all dealt and it's up to us to try and fix it. Hang in there and keep on coming back. The people on this forum are extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. And we all will be there to support you in any way, shape, or form that we can.
I too am waiting for my meds to get approved and sent to my house, I should be able to start on 9/7 , everyone told me that I should take the shots on a Friday night so I'll be somewhat better by Monday. Good Luck to everyone and Godspeed on recovery... Thanks
Jules, I have a stage 1 fatty liver and I have 1.7 million viral load, the only saving grace was that I have gene type 2B, so I only need the dual medication. I'm starting on pegasys pleginterfuron and ribiviron.
Hmmm, well, on a positive note, age 39 is a great time to treat, and so is your Stage.
It is harder reach SVR (cure) the older a persons age, and the later the Stage of scarring is.
It is hard, but you will not experience all the side effects mentioned around here. For instance, I didn't lose any hair,or experince to much nausea or head-aches.
I think it is fortunate that you have the medical
insurance, to be able to treat...this is what I told myself, to encourage myself into treating.
Good luck, and if you have any questions about reading your Labs (make copies, keep at home in a folder)or side effects that you will experience, during your "Treatment Journey", you can come to this Forum, and get some great advice.
I kind of thought of it as an Athletic Event (like one of those military courses, where you have to climb walls or jump thru hoops, leap over water, etc) or maybe like a High Risk Pregnancy, only, instead of having a baby, after all the hard work, the reward is: you dont have Hep C anymore.
I'm not sure how I'm going to handle the side effects, I have to work to support the family and not knowing what lies ahead is tough, With minimal liver damage so far I hope I can rid myself of this virus and save my liver from more damage. If you have any advice please feel free..
Have a great day also..
Thanks for those words, they are definatlly words to live by, great outlook on the whole process. I guess making it seem like an event would make it easier, but just knowing that I have a possible life threatening virus is a scary thought. Now I have to rid my body of it and keep an open mind.
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