Hepatitis C Treatment Transforms Your Life

Hepatitis C Treatment Transforms Your Life

Most of the time I barely remember what it was like to have the hepatitis C virus. Sometimes a reader shares the excitement of getting an SVR, or Sustained Viral Response. Then I remember the relief that flooded through me. In so many ways, the me that had hep C lived a different life, with a different mindset, in a different body. I was transformed by the protease inhibitors. I went from being a worn out, high viral load, end stage liver disease mess to a brand new person with hope and higher energy.

I recently found a picture of a Monarch Butterfly that I took after my treatment began. In many ways, hepatitis C treatment is similar to the transformation that a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly. I happen to be well acquainted with the process. Hundreds of them stop at my farm during their fall migration. If you are getting ready for treatment, there are some lessons to be learned from the butterfly. Hepatitis C Treatment Transforms Your Life

Start by eating healthy food.

Simple nutritious meals will provide the energy you need and help to store up strength for the treatment. If you have anemia or low platelets, your doctor may recommend a vitamin. By starting off as healthy as possible, your body will be ready to begin taking the prescription medications. By choosing healthy protein, your liver will not have such a burden. Butterflies start out in the early spring hatching as an egg. It takes a lot of leaf munching to grow from a small egg into a caterpillar. Getting good nutrition is important because it actually sheds it’s skin 4 or 5 times due to rapid growth.

Become aware of your own body.

Once you start to take the medications, try to remain active at work, or in the home, as your doctor recommends. But this is also a time to pay close attention to your energy levels. You are going to need plenty of rest in order to stay strong. If you experience sleepless nights, make time for a nap the next day. Be prepared to tell family, friends, and co-workers that you are going to be taking extra time for your health for a few months. The caterpillar knows that at a certain stage, it needs to slow down. It gets quiet and begins to build a cocoon. There in the darkness, a miraculous change takes place.

You are going to be brand new.

With the viral load of HCV being down to zero, your energy will renew much quicker. You can rejoice in the new you that no longer has a virus in your bloodstream. It might take a few weeks to really feel the full benefits. Be patient with yourself during this time, and remember the caterpillar. No longer moving slowly along the ground, the butterfly takes flight and begins a new cycle of life. The transformation is complete, and just like the butterfly, you are brand new. You are hepatitis C free.

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