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Stuart's Story

I live in the north east of England in a small village called Fishburn.
At 47 I have known that I had chronic hcv for 5 years now. I have
endured 3 separate courses of Interferon. The first time I had 48 weeks of 3 injections a week. Side affects were a total life change, temper, rages, depression, low low low.

Thank God my family stood by me all the way [wife+2 sons]
without the support of my family I could not of managed the full 48 week
treatment, I felt totally let down on discovering it had not worked.
I'm still attending monthly appointments and keep being told no funds
are available for expensive Interferon by the British government.

Then I was told a place on a trial may be my only chance so I went for
it. 1 injection a week, no problem, side affects, ready for them, 16 weeks later treatment stopped, STU is a non responder.

Fit back into appointment system, bloods done, after a while I am informed we can try again. This time 5 Riberferon a day,1 injection a week, side affects, yes but, ALT fell dramatically each monthly test, down as far as 60 from 200, we felt this is it. But,at week 16, I tested positive HCV and the treatment was stopped........non responder.

I am currently waiting for a biopsy with a view to more treatment 8
weeks after the biopsy, but the biopsy has been postponed once and I am waiting for a new date. I have had 2 biopsies in the last 5 years,
here in England it is scored different to the U.S.A, here 0 to 6, [1 to 4 U.S.A.] 0 being a healthy liver [yours hopefully] 6 being full blown cirrhosis of the liver. Both the biopsies proved 4 in my case [18 months apart]

It is thought I got HCV from a tattoo at 19,......quite impossible to say, that's history, and that's my MOTTO- yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today's a gift.

Enjoy the mystery

love, best luck to all

STU    Email Me!

 

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