I've been hearing about the new HEPC treatments that have been coming out these last couple of years (and the prices!); it looks like I may be giving treatment another go. My GP is getting me hooked up with an associate who knows all about grants, etc. So I go for labs Friday and then the HEP doc next week.
I don't know how I contracted HCV, but I found out I had it back in '01, and started the (one. whole. year of) combo Pegintron/Ribavirin the first of '02. The chance of successful treatment was a coin toss back then. Failed, and what's worse, there is a hole in my memory where that whole year should reside.
But. The future is here, and looks to be much brighter. No more "no better than a coin flip" success rates it seems. I'm ready to go, assuming I can afford it, that is.
I found my way here looking at the HEPC Magazine forum (which I found via Lucinda Porter's page), where I read this forum's user mgalbrai advising someone to come here and sign up. So here I am. Lots to absorb here.
I haven't given HCV much thought in the last few years, as there didn't seem to be much I could do about it anyway, especially after seeing Harvoni ads on TV and looking it up ($$$!!!). But lately doctors are telling me it's getting much better, so here we go - I'm in! I hope.
And if it doesn't work out, then the dude will continue to abide.
Glad I found this place, and I wish everyone here the best of success.
The Dude is damn tired of abiding
Peg-int + Riba all of 2002, FAIL
Latest bloods 12/29/15:
Sodium, tad low
Glucose, way high
BUN, tad high
SGPT (ALT), 862 (15-78)
SGOT (AST), 283 (9-44)
ALP, 216 (37-127)
B/C ratio, 25.2 (10-20)
Cholesterol, tad low - HDL, good; LDL, 73 (80-130)