The Battle’s Over !


In a previous post, I pointed to the growing epidemic nature of Hepatitis C.

I’ve posted here many times concerning my responses to the side effects of what I’ve called the “abusive” drugs I took for the treatment… Yes, “took”.

Today is the first day, after eleven months, that I will not take them! I must have tests at six months and a year to see if the virus is really gone but my immediate battle is over !!

Now, to lick my wounds by working to rid my body of the traces of the drugs (2 – 6 months)…

I want to add a remark I left on the Group, alt.support.hepatitis.c, and the response from one of the most compassionate and knowledgable members of that Group:

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Hey, Fellow Dragon-Slayers, On Wednesday the 30th of April I cease the intake (48 weeks–type 1a) of the “abusive” drugs. I’m well aware I have three most important dates after that–results of the blood draw on that day and the 6 month and one year checks. Still, I’ve been doing some blogging about my experience (including the growing epidemic nature of Hep C) and I want to celebrate the 30th in the blog. You can definitely help. Tell the world how you felt when you stopped taking the drugs. God knows what my percentage is for complete SVR or a “cure”; still, I’m overjoyed about cessation of the drugs!!! Will you help me make my blog shimmer and glow that day?!? ~ Alex


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Well, I dunno about “shimmer and glow”, but here’s what I remember…The last shot of Peg, and a week later, the last handful of Ribavirin, left me feeling elated, relieved – and anxious as heck. I had even mentioned here that – after the full 48 weeks and total compliance to the regimen – I was leery of
stopping the meds. I had been clear from the first VL test (at 12 weeks) through to the end, but being a g1b with a lot of strikes against success, even though I was still anemic as hell throughout therapy, it felt “safer” to just keep taking the drugs, to keep on keeping the virus at bay.

Of course, I stopped on schedule. It would have crazy to keep going 😉 And I was very lucky in the SVR Sweepstakes…and still am.

Cheers

/greyhackles


Digg!

Chiaroscuro . . .

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“Chiaroscuro (Italian for clear-dark) is a term in art for a contrast between light and dark.”

Yesterday, I received the last month’s supply of the “abusive” drugs I’ve been taking to eliminate the Hep C virus from my liver.

Today, I officially began a new business [ see the nutrition banner and the links below it ].

The Dark is diminishing, the Light is rising . . .

However, it’s like I told a business associate today: It had to be God that got me through the last ten months. I know it because I know my own strength—mental, emotional, and physical—and it had to be God’s strength . . .

Reality . . .

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I’ve mentioned my various pains here and I’ll be so happy when I can trade them for different pains. Hepatitis C treatment is No Fun but the induction of submission and resignation can be profound . . .

Spiritual Quote of the Day:

The Sun of Reality is one Sun but it has different dawning-places, just as the phenomenal sun is one although it appears at various points of the horizon. During the time of spring the luminary of the physical world rises far to the north of the equinoctial; in summer it dawns midway and in winter it appears in the most southerly point of its zodiacal journey. These day springs or dawning-points differ widely but the sun is ever the same sun whether it be the phenomenal or spiritual luminary.

Souls who focus their vision upon the Sun of Reality will be the recipients of light no matter from what point it rises, but those who are fettered by adoration of the dawning-point are deprived when it appears in a different station upon the spiritual horizon.

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 255)

Slow Growth Seen in Hepatitis C Market

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“Jefferies Sees Slower Than Expected Growth in the Hepatitis C Drug Market”

That image is a model of one of the little buggers that infected my liver.

The link below the image is to an article that, basically, looks ahead to new drug mechanisms for treating Hep C.

As too many people used to say way too often: “It’s all good”.

However, being what we, the sufferers, call a “Dragon Killer”, I’m aware of the $100,000 cost for current treatment [ I’m a Vet and “lucky” the government is paying that…].

The company that makes one of the main drugs makes a large enough profit to maintain a 24/7 hot line staffed with nurses.

I don’t wish the treatment I’m going through on future Dragon Killers and truly hope better regimens are found.

But…

With the Weird State of Mind induced by the drugs I take, a “Slow Growth Seen in Hepatitis C Market” could be remedied by CDC: Hepatitis C in Nev. could be ‘tip of iceberg’“:

“The city of Las Vegas shut down the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada last Friday after state health officials determined that six patients had contracted hepatitis C because of unsafe practices, including clinic staff reusing syringes and vials. Nevada health officials are trying to contact about 40,000 patients who received anesthesia by injection at the clinic between March 2004 and Jan. 11 of this year to urge them to get tested for hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV.”

Hello world!

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I’m just finishing a long and grueling medical treatment.

I’m moving back out on my own.

I’ll be hanging out in a groovy coffee shop with my new computer.

I’m going to start a business that offers Whole Food Supplements (I’m also going to take the supplements to get me back to prime health after this horrible Hep C treatment…