Some of you might have seen Australian Story on the ABC this past two weeks. It featured the Australian poet and novelist Luke Davies who was nominated for an Oscar for his script for the movie Lion. Part 1 covered his troubled past.
In Part 2 this week Luke spoke about having Hepatitis C and the impact that it had on his personal and professional life. He was treated with the hell that was interferon which failed like it did for so many others. Like many of us before treatment he was heading toward a pretty bleak place but he spoke about getting rid of virus and getting his life back through the new medications.
We all have our own story about Hep C but there are benefits in higher profile people coming out and talking about their experiences as one small step towards normalising this virus. Given the lack of media by the Australian Government in relation to the new treatments the importance of people hearing about successful treatments through other forms of media can't be underestimated.
G1a probably early 1980's, Biopsy F1(2010), F2-F3(2015). VL 5+mill; 2+mill (2014) Tx naive. Accessed Sof/Led through Dr Freeman at GP2U and Buyers Club (lifesavers!!!)
Commenced tx 12/11/15. 9 wk: VL <15 Detected but LFT = Normal 12 week results: UND (Yay!) Due to slow response commenced Sof/Dac 4 Feb for 12 weeks. EOT @ 24 weeks 27 April 2016. (With thanks to Dr Freeman et al). SVR11 result: VL 1,950,000. It's back!
New tx 030916 (Viekira Pak, Solvadi, Ribavirin UND @ 111116. EOT 170217.
SVR12 and SVR 24