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my husband really stessing me out,he's found out he has hep c with moderate liver damage.
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971268 tn?1253200799
Well, you're doing the best thing you can by coming here! Everyone here has helped me a lot since this all started for me and my husband.  The people here are very supportive and many of them have gone through this themselves and can give you invaluable advice.

But, I do think if you can choose a person or two who is trustworthy, whom your husband would not mind knowing, that might help you out even more.  You shouldn't have to be ashamed of this disease -- many people do get it from drug use but many also get it from blood transfusions or hospital stays and many vets from a certain time period got it from some sort of immunization (I think) that was used.  So I understand you not wanting to tell people, but it really isn't anything to be ashamed of.  It's just a disease!  And your kids cannot get it from your husband unless they have blood contact with him.  There is no danger -- just don't let them use the same toothbrushes or razor as him -- there's no reason to be afraid of them getting it, really not.

As for other advice, I am also pretty new at this, so I can only give you "so far" advice.  So far I'd say you can't really plan for anything, but you can try to be prepared.  Everyone has told me that side effects are individual, and you can't predict how your husband will respond to the treatment.  We don't have kids, but if we did I wouldn't tell them not to have friends over until I knew my husband was feeling bad and didn't want them over.  So far I would imagine he would be happy to have kids around.  So I'd play it by ear.  You could just tell them he MIGHT feel sick and they MIGHT have to not have their friends over -- to prepare them, but it could end up he likes having them over for distraction, or that he feels okay and doesn't care. I wouldn't stress about this now, by any means.

As for the enzyme thing, my understanding is that they look mostly at his viral load to determine whether the treatment is working or not.  If they don't see a certain drop by a certain time, that could be reason to discontinue treatment. But type 3 has a much better cure rate than type 1 (what my husband has), so in this you are lucky! (Hard to believe right now, I know, but it's true.)

Anyway, come back here and ask questions, I know it helps me!
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thanks for the info. I really can use that.My husband goes to the VA to take his first treatment on 18th but they told him that after 3 months if his enzymes has not gone down then they might stop the treatment because the medicine was not working. what should we do? I have 2 children and i told them that he is having to go thru some treatments and that it might make him sick so for awile they can't have their friends to stay over, i know their confused and really don't understand, she's 14 and he's almost 13. should i play it by ear or how can i go about this? I haven't told them everything because my husband don't want them to because the may go back and tell their daddy when they go to his house on weekends, and were afraid that their dad might say he don't want them over here because he don't want them to catch anything. what should i do? I like for them to know so they can be supportive and understand more, but he does not want anyone to know what he has so it's really hard for me to talk about it especially to my friends, I JUST LIKE TO HAVE SOMEONE TO LEAN ON AND TO TALK TO WHEN I START STRESSING BUT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THAT IS HE DOES NOT WANT ANYONE TO KNOW! What can i do?
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87972 tn?1322661239
Hi Shane; keep in mind that your husband really isn’t any more ill than he was last week, or last year, for that matter. This is generally a very slow moving disease, and is best managed slowly and cautiously. It’s wonderful to hear how supportive you are; he’s lucky to have you in his corner :o).
Continue to read and ask questions, and you’ll learn loads in here.

If you haven’t already, take a look at the following web page:

http://janis7hepc.com/have_you_been_just_diagnosed.htm

Scroll through that, and also click on any topic of interest in the right hand column titled “other HCV information’.

Best to you both—

Bill
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Actually, Hep C can be cured, and with only moderate fibrosis you husband has a good chance to clear the virus and heal his liver.  I know this is frightening and stressful, but you have come to the right place for information and support.  If you give in to the urge to be sensitive and emotional you will only add to the problem, so buck up and learn all you can.  Lots of people get through this just fine.  Good luck.

jd
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971268 tn?1253200799
Boy, do I know what you mean!  I was very stressed out about it all before my husband started his treatment, and I had moments where I also broke down.

But, since he started treatment a bit less than 3 weeks ago, I have been doing a bit better.  I do try to control my own fears for his sake, since I know that seeing me stressed makes him feel stressed.  In a way if I tell myself I need to just go forward and not dwell on all my fears to help HIM, it makes it easier for me.  It's like a license to repress!  It actually kind of works for me.  I have also been focusing on what I can do, actively, to make things easier for him, which also helps some.

What I have been trying to do for him is to make sure he has good food to eat, and that the household atmosphere is as peaceful and low-key as possible. I've been trying to talk about my own problems with my friends and family so as not to have to unburden too much on him.  I've also been driving more when he's tired, and doing more of the household chores so he can relax and focus on work and his health.

It is hard, but he needs you now, and I am sure you will rise to the challenge.  You obviously love him very much and that alone will help him get through this.

Good luck!
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Thanks for any info. I'am the one stressing out the most, my husband is taking it ok but still have some concerns. I'am 39 and he's 51 and i took tis hard when we found out,but i hid alot of it so he wouldn't see it, but now i'am breaking down about his disease and stressing out and now he see's me like this it's stressing him out. I have never delt with anyone in my family sick like this before so i'am taking it hard and don't know how to cope with this. I'am very sensitive and emotional especially when someone i love is sick(like what he's going thru) any info on what can i do to help me on this and my husband? thanks again!
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don't be discouraged.  this can be beaten,  but not cured.  actually,  genotype 3a is one of the easier hep c types to treat.  avoid smoking & alcohol & any drugs that may cause liver harm.  he is on the right track  to keeping his health.  Treatment is certainly a commitment for both of you,  it is not easy,  but it can work.  I had type 1b & had treatment for 11 months,  had a very supportive husband & family to help me emotinally,  without psych meds.  Am now free of the virus 5 months after treatrment.  good health to both of you.  This forum is a great support also.
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He has had blood tests,and aliver biopsy hepc 3a stage 2fibroses were the findings
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96938 tn?1189799858
Isn't that just like men, letting the wives carry the stress baggage?  It's his disease, he should be worrying about it.  How does he know he has hep-c (real live exacling tests?) and how does he know that he has moderate liver damage (real live recent biopsy of the liver?)
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87972 tn?1322661239
Sorry to hear of the troubles. Why not have him read through the forum a bit; there are people in here that are dealing with this issue right now, and others that have successfully completed treatment for it. We can help point him (or you) in the right direction if he likes… this can be very confusing at first.

Best to both of you—

Bill
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