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.
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.
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
I'm still attending monthly appointments and keep being told
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
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
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