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Harvoni and the high water mark

Harvoni had the best odds I’d seen. At twenty four weeks, it was twice as long as my previous treatment, however its symptoms are much easier to deal with. When I failed Harvoni, I fell deep into a depression I didn’t understand.

It took months to slowly piece together everything, all my openness that I’d attempted became halfhearted and I decayed as a person. What allowed me to move forward was an emotional rock bottom.

The terrible beauty of hitting so low is the climb back up. I looked back at the past few years and tried to understand the inner workings of the situations I was in. I completely reorganized my life, my routine, my home, my fitness, everything. And I must continue to change and reorganize if i wish to better understand myself. I went back and looked where I’d failed, where I’d done well, what habits of mine were creating these problems, and thinning my idea of self. It was a very real reminder to look for the blue sky behind the clouds. I’ve implemented a liver friendly diet and a fitness plan that’s allowed me to better minimize my symptoms.

Things I’ve learned from the cascading failures:

  • Physical fitness isn’t important, it’s imperative. Before, during, and after a treatment.
  • A liver friendly diet is necessary.
  • Using checklists, using small steps to build to bigger things when things get hard.
  • Every perspective matters,  it’s surprising sometimes to see who comes out of these events as your champions.
  • There are many factors beyond your control, acceptance is important.
  • Be alive, it doesn’t matter that treatment is going on, don’t let hep C stop you from doing what you love.
  • Having a well established social support group, physical and online.

Stay positive, it’s the negative space where some of the best answers lie.

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  • hcv30yrsurvivor
    3 years ago

    Your bring up a good point. The response rates are claimed to be in the 90’s. What happens if you one of the unlucky 5-10 % that don’t respond. I finally got to try a direct acting anti-viral therapy (Viekira)and it did not work–so much for the claimed 100% response rate. The viekira is not what my doctor recommended but is was the only therapy the insurance would pay for. So what now? These are supposed to be the cure for HCV but the therapies are clearly still not working for everyone.

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