Jan 25, 2013
I've been meaning to share a bit of my journey, for awhile now, so here it is.
At the end of 2010, I went in for a regular check up; just the basics. Everything was fine except my liver enzymes were slightly elevated. Now here I was, sober for 5 years, eating good, exercising and had quit smoking as well. I thought I would have great lab results. The clinic rep I had, a nurse practitioner, was not alarmed. Being disappointed, I asked to redo the labs in the near future.
Okay. Let's see. I forgot to say, I am not to fond of doctor visits. I go to a clinic out of habit, although I have health insurance. I like the vibe there.
Anyway in May of 2011, the new results show the hep c antibodies. I am sent for more blood tests; it's all Greek to me.
I can remember the weather that day. It was overcast. I went home devastated. I'm afraid of what's to come. I looked up hep c and saw how serious it was. Here I was, a 56 year old woman, facing the fact, that indeed I would die someday. I did not sleep for 3 days. I just worried about treatment, working, having to spend money, feeling like an outcast and keeping a secret. I'm a pretty open book.
So I get in line, and do what I am told . Liver sonogram, classes on hep c, viral load test.
I had been meaning to get a colonoscopy,so I picked a gastro doc that had interest in hep c. My first doctor appointment to talk about triple therapy was late December of 2011. I basically let him know that I wanted to treat with Vic; I didn't want a biopsy and I was committed to finishing. I was up to the challenge. He wanted me to have a biopsy, but listened, and ordered the fibrosure test instead. He also ordered the allele test, and I found out I was a CT. There was always something else to learn about.
Now one important factor in all of this, is that I was determined to take my yearly Mexico trip, prior to tx. I figured this would be a good time to get mentally prepared for what was to come.
So, I had 1 month in Mexico. I had my third hep b shot the day before I headed to Mexico (almost forgot about the vaccinations).
That was feb. 2012. March was all about insurance, mammogram, pelvic and all other loose ends.
And, by April 8th, day 1 of treatment, I was so ready to get on with it.
Today, I sit here with a 99.7 % chance that I have killed this virus. That feels pretty good.
Next VL test is April 8, 2013.