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hi sticker, i hope all is going mostly well on your tx



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Gt:1a-36yrs .Started Intron-A in 96' for 2.5mo-VL still too high.taken off. Labs on 3.6.18:. A1 activity.  f3@60: fibrosur bloodtst. AFP=norm. enz=mostly norm.VL=3.9 million.sot=5.1.18>Harvoni>[8wks]: 4WEEKS=UND. Eot 6/25=L.July=norm liverpanel.*13weeks=UND * 6 months =UND: CLUB ZERO



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Cheddy,

You can definitely hitch a ride! My favorite thing is driving neighborhood streets in this massive truck, especially when there are cars parked on both sides of the street! I consider 2 inches of clearance on either side of the truck to be plenty of room! Im lucky to be doing what I do. I suffer the same problem that many public safety people have, our careers are so consuming that we often identify ourselves by what we do and we talk about it too much. The job is so omnipresent in our lives, both on duty and off. I am just a regular person though, for all intents and purposes, a civilian. smile Im trying to get two kids through college, treat this lousy virus and contemplate the happy dream of retirement!



-- Edited by Sticker on Monday 15th of July 2019 10:29:54 AM

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52 y/o

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Genotype 1b

F3

Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

AST - 49

ALT - 77

 

 

 



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Hi Sticker,

I wanna drive a ladder truck!  I'm pretty happy with my Tundra and my horse trailer, but a big rig sounds awesome to me.

Good job on getting ready for treatment.  You've got your support group and your ginger ale all ready.  Good choices.  I also buy the non alcohol ginger brew/beer.  Works great.

You are not going to believe how different the new DAAs feel.  You don't have to go to hell and back and you will get results.  It's impossible to refrain from reflecting back on your past treatment and to have some concerns about the next one, but I'm sure you will be surprised.

I came upon this group three years ago.  I was somewhere in the late middle of the DAA discoveries made possible by you pioneers.  I didn't even know I had HepC so didn't know the nightmare of the earlier treatments.  I did have to live with the Riba Monster and that was plenty challenging for me.  

I know what you mean by being our own advocates and how the docs don't always want us "interfering" with their "cases". If I hadn't found this group to get me through the subjective realities, I would have been a bigger mess.  There is much less guesswork when you have kind and experienced helpers.  Nobody else really understood, even if they wanted to. My doc was great, but she couldn't tell me everything.

That said, I am CURED.  Yes, we say CURED now. I lost a lot of aches and pains and got to find my old self again. I still feel more fatigue than I wish for, but all and all, I am healthy.  And even happy.

Again, I'm glad you have invited us to ride along on this journey.  

Now, can I hitch a ride on that truck ladder?

Best wishes, Sticker.

Cheddy



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Shemp,

Its definitely a small world! I worked with the Armstrong agent in Nashville/Laverne Tn. I worked locally for a while, I liked the office moves downtown, work through the night but get so much done! Then I went over the road with an owner/operator who trusted me enough to share some wheel time and we ran the whole US. We were so jealous of the guys handling the electronics, we wanted your job! When I say I respect what you do, I really mean it. Im still driving a big truck only now its a ladder truck! 



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52 y/o

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Genotype 1b

F3

Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

AST - 49

ALT - 77

 

 

 



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Tig,

I am gonna try the ginger ale recipe. It looks much easier than one I had previously seen that had more steps. Thanks brother!



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52 y/o

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Genotype 1b

F3

Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

AST - 49

ALT - 77

 

 

 



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Hi Observer,

Thanks for your insight. Your comments remind me that while we respect physicians it is incumbent that we advocate for ourselves. Many docs these days are aggravated by their patients researching things on their own. Many practices distinctly lack the ability to treat patients as a whole person and seem to view them as merely a case. I shall be the proverbial squeaky wheel while remaining respectful and courteous. This attitude of mine is from the difficulty of the initial interferon/ribavirin treatment. I was depressed to the point of not continuing the treatment and discussed this with my doctor. He refused to prescribe any sort of meds that could have helped me through that difficult time and instead suggested that I discontinue treatment since I couldnt handle it. Frankly, I thought he was an *******. I was in a small town and it was not feasible to travel the long distance to a bigger city where I might find another doctor. I finished 12 months of that poison to no avail. 

I think you were correct in waiting on treatment. I hate that you suffered with this for so long but I respect that you were thoughtful about what you were doing. I hope to join you guys in Club Zero in the near future!



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52 y/o

male

Genotype 1b

F3

Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

AST - 49

ALT - 77

 

 

 

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Hey Sticker,

Brother, I understand your concern about the fatigue and for some it's a problem. BUT, with the biography of your last treatments with Peg and Ribavirin and working through months of that, I have a feeling this won't be close to what you suffered through. That stuff was crushing and if you still have some of that stamina and drive, you'll be okay. One day at a time my friend. You've got us to bounce off your questions and concerns and Shemp will absolutely be here to offer a personal perspective with ways to combat his experiences.

Here is the thread with our discussion on the homemade ginger ale. Mine is at the bottom and a previous member, Linuxter, as well as others, added their thoughts on it and some things they did when they used it. It's a good read. Check it out...

Ginger Ale



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Hey Sticker,now there's a real coincidence. I've been an owner/operator with United for almost 30 years. Got out of the household moving part about 25 years ago. Now haul high value electronics and hospital lab equipment. Don't let the side effects scare you. The fatigue is mostly tolerable,as far as insomnia goes,like I said everyone is different. I took my daily dose right before I went to bed.I don't know if that had anything to do with it.That's the time that worked for me. You've been through treatment before,you understand it's a learning experience.Hope you have a smooth ride.If I can help,let me know.



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6 wk labs ALT 12 AST 18 V/L NOT DETECTED EOT 12/05/2018 V/L NOT DETECTED

12 Wk post EOT ALT 11 AST 16 V/L NOT DETECTED  Thank you GOD

Take that stupid dragon



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Hi Shemp,

I appreciate you letting my know about the Mavyret. After my first two experiences with treatment I am naturally skeptical about there being virtually no side effects as my doctor has stated. I am still waiting for approval between my insurer and the specialty pharmacy. I am a little concerned about the fatigue/insomnia thing. My workday is a 24 hour shift. The day starts about 0630 and involves a full business day of work from about 0700 to 1700, we are training, studying, attending classes and performing lots of maintenance and cleaning in between running calls. After 1700 we have a little more brevity to engage in personal study or make time to workout which is mandatory for at least one hour per shift. I dont want to sequester myself from my teammates, I want to be a full participant in all of our shift activities. We scarcely sleep at my station, the call volume goes up when the sun goes down. The citizens need me to be on top of my game mentally and physically. Should the Mavyret make me sick, I will likely submit paperwork to use FMLA sick leave to cover me through the worst of it. Im just playing that part by ear as I go. Kudos to you in your occupation Shemp, much respect to the truck drivers out there. I had a short go of it (3yrs) in the late 80s working for United Van Lines. Its not an easy life man, sometimes a very difficult grind. Thanks for sharing your experience with me. 



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Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

AST - 49

ALT - 77

 

 

 



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My gosh Tig, your story really helps me gain perspective on my own. Thank you for your service as well sir. I am happy to know that you served in the Navy, because Im a Navy brat. Born in Taipei, Taiwan while my father was serving in Vietnam. He had two tours and doesnt talk about it very much. He was disappointed in the Navy post-Vietnam and decided to retire in 1976 after serving 22 years. Dad was a Master Chief E9, they offered him Warrant Officer but he said, no thanks. Bouncing around the US as a military family taught me how to cope with new environments and people. It was a valuable experience. 

I have had it better than some, worse than some others. Your treatment odyssey has been long and undoubtedly difficult. I sympathize with you and imagine the feelings you may have had during that time, we are likely reluctant to share every thought and feeling, but there is so much that doesnt require statement, we just know. We have been there. I know that none of us here are defined by this virus and our words in this forum are merely the slightest glimpse of who we are. Its a beautiful glimpse though. I am still waiting on the specialty pharmacy to call me to set up delivery for the Mavyret, they want to make sure somebody is home to receive it. Cant leave such a high valuation package on the doorstep. I think I should move to the on treatment section of the forum when I begin taking the meds. Thanks for the positive attitude and encouragement!



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52 y/o

male

Genotype 1b

F3

Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

AST - 49

ALT - 77

 

 

 



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Welcome Sticker,thank you for your service.I have no doubt you will slay the dragon.I did 12 weeks of Mavyret and finished last December.That pest is DEAD. I've been MIA on this forum as of late because I'm a long haul trucker and have been really busy.However,if you have any Mavyret questions I will try to answer ASAP.I'm not going to lie and tell you my journey was smooth sailing but,everyone is different.I took the first 4 weeks off because I could,worked the remaining 8.My biggest side effects were fatigue and nausea.Your doctor will tell you the same thing. Abbvie the drug mfg.should give you a nurse advocate that will call from time to time to check on you.I'll try to check on you as well.You honestly couldn't have found a better place on the planet.The folks on this forum encouraged me through my lows and celebrated my highs.It's really more of a family.I see you got great advice already.I can't tell how important getting enough water is.When you think you've had enough,drink more.Tig also has a great recipe for homemade ginger ale.It really helps with the nausea.I'll try for find it but I'm sure it's on the forum somewhere.Oh,I forgot to mention sleep.I never did sleep very well and treatment compounded the insomnia.It seems strange how you can feel fatigued and not be able to sleep.Like I said,everyone is different.I've talked to some people that had no problems,I hope you are one of them.We're all here for you.Let your journey begin.



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6 wk labs ALT 12 AST 18 V/L NOT DETECTED EOT 12/05/2018 V/L NOT DETECTED

12 Wk post EOT ALT 11 AST 16 V/L NOT DETECTED  Thank you GOD

Take that stupid dragon

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I didn't find out I was infected until 1996, following a surgery. Sadly, one of the OR nurses got stuck and they drew a HCV antibody test. About a week later I got a phone call from the surgeon telling me the happy news and found to be positive for HCV 1A. I still dwell on two things almost everyday. I am saddened knowing that nurse had to go through the fear of this disease back in 96. There was really nothing other than long term Interferon injections, multiple times a week for 6-12 months and even some here that mentioned having to do that same protocol for years! I can't imagine what they're suffering with to this day. With a 10-20% success rate, if lucky, the odds were stacked against us. The other thing that haunts me is a blood drive through the Post Office I used to work for. You got a extra day off if you gave blood. That was in the late 80's, before HCV screening. So some unlucky individual or more, got tainted blood. I can only pray they are as lucky as the rest of us and are now either cured or will be with these new DAA's.

Most likely exposure was tattoo work back in 80-81 or during my time as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman in the 70's. Could've been from the air gun vaccinations or through contacting patient's blood. We didn't wear gloves as religiously as they do now, especially during emergencies. Then there were multiple surgeries of my own. It could've come from too many things to nail down anything specific. So Sticker, you need to continue to be cautious and vigilant with your exposure to anyone's blood. The last thing you need is to reinfect with HCV and especially any form of Hepatitis. There seems to be a growing alphabet soup of new genotypes and subtypes. I know you're aware of those dangers. I wish I had known back in the 70's as a Navy Corpsman and EMT that blood viruses were going to take the stage in 20 years. HIV is another and our Moderator Mike has dealt with both C and HIV. He's a Warrior with history that will curl toenails and hearts. He's a true example of bravery and success.

First treatment in 96 with Interferon monotherapy failed and I sought no further treatment until 2013. Treated with Peg IFN, Ribavirin and Victrelis, 18 pills per day and 3 weekly (IFN + Neupogen) injections for 28 weeks... lost 55 pounds, anemic, sick and basically lived between my chair and bed. I can't imagine how you were able to function in your capacity as a First Responder during your toughest days. I simply couldn't have done it. Besides total and utter weakness, almost to the point of incapacitation, life in general was almost intolerable due to the depression. You did it, twice with Ribavirin and failed. I don't know how you managed, but my hat is off to you Brother and my heartfelt salute is yours. I'm so grateful nobody has to experience those horrid treatments anymore. Don't even get me started on Incivek! I would've rather been waterboarded.

I would be skeptical of the Fibrotest or Fibrosure, they have been known to be inaccurate. As the ALT/AST numbers and various other LFT's fluctuate, those scores drop or elevate accordingly. We know now that they can change based on viral flares. The Fibroscan or our favorite (ha, ha) the percutaneous biopsy have far better accuracy. The Fibroscan has improved so much, even offering CAP scores now. It wasn't until recent years that the biopsy wasn't still considered the gold standard. I got to enjoy 3 of them. Two by percutaneous puncture and one by laparoscopy. The best part of two of them was the Versed sedation, the first was grin and bear it...

Epclusa or Mavyret are both outstanding treatments. You WILL be cured this time, my Magic 8 Ball tells me so! I haven't had to get it out for quite some time, but here it is and it has never been wrong...

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Wow S,

I didnt realize you had done interferon ...youre a brave man.

 I moderated on some HCV forums and was friends with a lot of people suffering through those early treatment... with the amount of depression, anger, nausea,  skin issues, energy issues ...I truly dont know how you worked through it.

I was pretty sick by the time the Canadian Red Cross admitted they had given people tainted blood, of course with all the bizarre symptoms one experiences with HCV and after 18 years I think the medical system had written me off as a kook... once I had the diagnosis the Drs really pushed me to do interferon but...it was the beginning of internet and I was reading a fair amount of questionable personal accounts of interferon being as bad as or worse than the disease, and not really curing that many people (although it did cure some) so I questioned the team and said I wasnt sure I wanted to be a guinea pig and Id like to wait and see. They didnt like that much and told me to come back if you dont want to die Well, Im a stubborn and intuitive old bird and I do not award godlike status to any Dr, I didnt trust the system so I waited. The disease of course took its evil toll on me, my immune system packed it in and I had years and years of infections, I had a headache that pretty much lasted for 25 years...but I survived long enough to get the new DAA ...the sides were a bit rough for me because with having cirrhosis, I had to take ribivaron as well, which you may have had to do with your earlier protocol and its pretty tough on the body and mind... but it was only 3 months and it saved my life.

You believe you got it from a transfusion?  I had one Dr say infection via a needle is like a bullet and via transfusion is like a bomb. I believe the damage is done by replication so having a large amount of your blood replaced with virus blood  is like giving it a boost at the start.

i also has a needle biopsy once...phew.. those suck   I agree with your description of being stabbed .... funny though...I remember the worst pain was in my shoulder for some reason..

Anyhoo..fingers crossed you get your meds soon and get started on stomping out that dragon for once and for all.

 



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Thanks so much for the questions and encouragement! Ok, not too many questions, but tons of encouragement! Many of you have been cured for a while now but continue to offer your attention and support to so many others, thats pretty special! So, when I first began treatment way back when, boy, was I sick. The fire department I served with did not understand or accommodate me in any way. I was younger then and thought that I was really tough and could manage with the sickness. I did, it sucked quite a bit. I can recall numerous occasions of injecting interferon while on duty and then responding to a working structure fire and making interior fire attack. That task is fairly difficult when you feel great but incrementally worse when you feel sick from the meds. I dont say this to impress anyone, I was a fool. The occupation requires one to be fit and I have always engaged in vigorous physical activity. I worked part time as a roofer too, the hot summers down here are a literal crucible that either hardens you or wilts you like a spring flower, at least thats the acceptable notion; its a combination of both. So, I had a baseline for resisting the physical part of dealing with the side effects, it just took a toll on me. I was surprised by the emotional rollercoaster while being treated. Sadness, depression, wallowing in self pity, the ridiculous questioning of why me, it wasnt a happy time for myself or my family. I fear that Im oversharing. I dont really know how to do this. I will dial it back a bit. I suspect that everyone here has a story and to tell you the truth; I would like to hear your stories. I find it inspiring to know that you have a tale to tell. I am encouraged by the success patients are having and your advice is immensely valuable. Thanks to everyone!

My doctor intended for me to be treated with Epclusa as discussed during my initial visit. When I saw him on 3 July he changed his mind. We are going with eight weeks of Mavyret. My abdominal ultrasound was pristine although the fibrotest (blood) indicated F3 there was no visible sign of fibrosis on the ultrasound and no sign of cirrhosis which is consistent with a needle biopsy performed like 16 years ago. (Those biopsies are a ton of fun, seriously, now we know what it feels like to be knifed in a dark alley.) I have likely had the virus 42 years so what gives? My doctor indicated that length of exposure is not always relative to damage done. I am told by my physician that his patients are reporting virtually no side effects whatsoever and he wants me to call him if I do experience side effects. My water intake is on point, Im practicing now to get a gallon in every day, its not too bad, the old kidneys are getting a good workout. I am now waiting for the specialty pharmacy to call me post insurance approval to set up a date and time for delivery of the meds. 



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Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

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Hey there! a big hello from me biggrin Come on in and share your experiences, we will listen ...and probably give all kinds of feedback lend shoulders and give hugs (what no hug emoji??) , tell jokes   Listen to music   celebrate  

You are not alone in this   Hugs, and welcome to your journey

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Greeting, Sticker,

Ditto on all of these.  Yep, there are some really great folks here who know lots and really do want to help.  You'll be fine but I know this is all sort of scary and provokes a lot of worries.  You couldn't be getting treatment at a better time.  You are on your way to being HepC free forever.

Please ask away if you questions, and lean on shoulders when you need too.  It sure helped me!

Welcome aboard, Sticker.

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Welcome sticker smile

you have done a nice sig line and intro, and simply its wonderful that you have started that fantastic treatment.

How has the virus affected your life? You have to be very fit to be a firefighter, do you suffer much  from fatigue? Are you working while on treatment? 

As you know, our best advice is to stay compliant with your meds and to hydrate. 

Im over 3 years cured and I still love the people and energy and friendship on this forum and visit almost daily.smile



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Hi Sticker,

Welcome here from me too. Ditto - glad you are here with us and about to (finally) be cured.

What a long haul you have had, but ... you got the good stuff now. Won't be long - 8 weeks will fly by quite quickly, especially when compared to the treatment(s) of yore!

Agree with Tig - great job on the sig. line. Like he says, drink lots of water, and mind the rules of engagement, which I am sure you already know.

I hope your doc has already told you what your lab testing plan is for you, and that you do get a 4 week blood draw.  

I feel like you, this place is good and a godsend. : )  C.

 

 



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Welcome Sticker!



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Thanks for posting your signature! That helps give us a pre treatment baseline number and I‘m certain, you'll be amazed by the next set of results. Some docs make you wait til the end of treatment (EOT) to get them. I suggest you ask for a full set of LFT’s and another PCR at 4 weeks. It’s a huge morale boost to see how effective these new drugs are! 

Mavyret is an incredible protocol! I haven’t met a single person that it hasn’t cured. I can’t give you a better sign of hope, the stuff simply works! Check out our Hep C News section and you’ll find some monographs. We have a bunch of info in each of our sections that you’ll find interesting. Especially if you‘re remotely close to being a Hep C nerd like I am, lol! What can I say? Like you, most of us have been at this for decades! We are all fighters and Winners all!

I hope day one was an easy for you. Let us know how it went. The first couple of weeks can take some adjustment, but it should be tolerated easily. Hydrate, avoid antacids (follow the monograph guidelines if you need them) and stay compliant. I know you’re on track for the cure you’ve fought for, for decades! You got this...



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Thank you 5-1-18! Looking forward to joining you in Club Zero!!



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Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

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welcome sticker, it's good to hear you are going to be cured soon



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Gt:1a-36yrs .Started Intron-A in 96' for 2.5mo-VL still too high.taken off. Labs on 3.6.18:. A1 activity.  f3@60: fibrosur bloodtst. AFP=norm. enz=mostly norm.VL=3.9 million.sot=5.1.18>Harvoni>[8wks]: 4WEEKS=UND. Eot 6/25=L.July=norm liverpanel.*13weeks=UND * 6 months =UND: CLUB ZERO

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Hey Sticker,

Welcome to our forum! You're among a great group of friends and fellow Warriors that have walked the walk. You're also with friends that are also going through treatment and experiences you have both been through and going through. Allow us to be the shoulder you may need when times are tough. Look forward to people reaching out to you in support and friendship. Reading your Bio tells me so much about you and the struggle you have been through to reach this day. Brother, you've been through the fire on so many occasions and my heart pours both sorrow and support for you. I want to believe that much of that is behind you and the future is yours to build on. We will absolutely be a rock you can shore up your own hope for success.

We have many friends here and while the treatments today are so much easier and effective, the need for friendship and encouragement are more than important. If you have questions, concerns or just want to talk, we're here. I wish you the best of luck on this round of treatment, but know in my heart that it will be the last. It's the best there has ever been!

I mentioned earlier, you need to concentrate on proper hydration, a gallon of water per day. Take care of yourself, mentally and physically. As a Fire Fighter, Paramedic and great guy (obviously) you know what taking care of your health and the health of others means. Thanks for all you do for us, now let us be here for you.

When you have a moment, take a look at our signature lines and give us some stats that will follow your posts. It helps us refer to your past treatments and labs as you progress now. Take your time and get to know that place. I'm very glad you're here...



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62 yo GT1A - 5 Mil - A2/F3 - (1996) Intron A - Non Responder, (2013) Peg/Riba/Vic SOT:05/23/13 EOT:12/04/13 SVR 5+ years!

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I am elated to have found this forum! I will work on my signature line as I gather my facts, by no means do I have that information memorized. I am a 52 y/o male from Texas. Doctors believe that I contracted the virus via blood products administered while in the hospital due to burn injuries suffered as a child. I was burned over 46% of my body when I was 10 years old. Needless to say that accident changed my life and I became a professional firefighter/paramedic, probably not the smartest move, but I never said that I was smart. I am brought to my knees by the outpouring of love and caring that I have viewed in this forum, faith in humanity completely restored! I understand you and I empathize with each of you as only a fellow dragonslayer would. We are strong, we are resilient and we share great power with one another in this battle. Because of you; I can cope, I can fight and I can live. Suddenly, I am invigorated. Thank you so very much for being here.



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52 y/o

male

Genotype 1b

F3

Dx - 1992, likely contracted virus 1977

Current Tx - 7/2019, 8 weeks Mavyret

Tx - 1st time, Rebetron 6/2000-6/2001, 2nd time, Pegasys 11/2002-4/2003.

Viral load - 636,000

AST - 49

ALT - 77

 

 

 

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