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Free at last

21 years ago I was diagnosed with the virus at the age of 20 years old. Found by accident by giving blood for the Red Cross. At that moment I was still going to school, it was a real shock... At the age of 25 I did the long and hard treatment with Peg/Interferon. Unfortunately I was not cured. The treatment was so hard emotionally and physically, still now I'm feeling the emotional impact. My family tried to help me off course but it was difficult because the couldn' know how I was feeling. In the years after that I tried to start a family life, got 2 healthy kids. Every year I had a doctors appointment for a check up, but so afraid that the doctor would say now you have to start another treatment. Everytime I was so afraid, I didn't wanted all that physical and emotional damage again.
Until last year I was hospitalised because of bad blood results, at the end the hep C didn't caused it but the doctors convinced me that it was the best options I started the treatment. They told me that it was not the same as years ago. So I started last June with the new treatment, and exactly on Christmas I received the news that I am cured. I couldn't believe it and still can't. It's like my life was on hold for 20 years and I have a new life since this year. I can only say to the ones who still have doubts for te new treatment, please don't hesitate and get your life back like me.. I still have difficulties to talk about it, only my family and best friends know about my disease, but I am glad that I found this group because it's already a long time I wanted tot talk with people who know what I mean...

  1. Thanks so much for sharing a part of your story with Hep C with our community, !

    I LOVE that you are finally cured!!

    Though, I wish you hadn't to go through those years of anxiety and uncertainty. And, thank you for your words of encouragement for those members still on the fence about seeking treatment -- the options have definitely have improved in recent years.

    You mentioned that Hep C didn't actually cause your recent bad blood results. I hope whatever was causing this issue has also been treated.

    Thank you again for sharing!

    Enjoy the many, many years of Hep C free living to come!

    Best, Erin, Team Member.

    1. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m glad you gained the courage to receive treatment for Hepatitis C. Hope you are doing well and welcome to the Hep C community. Leslie (Community Moderator)

      1. Congrats...such great news. Which treatment did you take and how are you feeling now since you completed the treatment.

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