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Author Topic: Starting Harvoni 2/23/2015  (Read 6844 times)

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Offline duwbdawg

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Starting Harvoni 2/23/2015
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:05:59 pm »
This forum has turned into such a breath of fresh air. I remember looking at forums 17 years ago, and it was not a nice place to visit unless you needed shoulders to cry on. There wasn't much news then, and what was known was dark and bleak at best. When I was diagnosed, the "cure" rates were 15-20% at best and the treatment too toxic for me to consider.

Now this forum feels like a party. Everyone is invited, but the invitation seems to get lost in the mail for many. I just want to say to them, "You will not miss the party. It will be like the party at the end of a marathon. It will go on until everyone has finished and that means you!"

For those that have already finished. Congratulations! Enjoy your triumph. Hug, kiss, high five, yell, scream...but come back to the finish line and cheer on those still on the journey. We are not virions we are your brothers and sisters.

I start tomorrow after my visit with my gastro. I hope to see you all at the finish line!
« Last Edit: February 23, 2015, 09:24:05 am by duwbdawg »
Infected: 1985
DX: 1998
HepC 1a
8 weeks Harvoni 2/23/2015
"Gesundheit!"

Offline duwbdawg

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Re: Starting Harvoni 2/23/2015
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2015, 09:23:37 am »
Could hardly sleep last night. It was like the night before my birthday party when I was 16. Only I'm not getting to drive a car by myself, I'm getting to finally get rid of a disease that has been driving me. Whatever few side effects come, it can't be worse than the cloud I have endured over my head knowing I had a liver condition slowly eating me away. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Today I take on this Dragon!
Infected: 1985
DX: 1998
HepC 1a
8 weeks Harvoni 2/23/2015
"Gesundheit!"

Offline Long_Haul

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Re: Starting Harvoni 2/23/2015
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2015, 09:30:14 am »
Welcome and well said Duwbdawg. I plan to hang around whether or not I reach SVR12 in June. The support here is invaluable and as you say, it is mostly positive and very informative.

Best of luck and you are now in the drivers seat, make the best of it!


AL
Genotype 1A

Diagnosed 1989
Biopsy-cirrhosis stage 4 2000, no starting VL this round

3 rounds of Int+Rib
(Combo/48wks,Peg/26 Wks,Triple with Incivek/16wks)
UND with Incivek, Relapsed
Started 12 weeks Harvoni and Rib Jan 2nd,2015
4 weeks Undetected
8 weeks Undetected!
EOT at 12 weeks Undetected
EOT at 24 weeks STILL UNDETECTED
Completed TX Mar 26th,2015

EOT plus 4 weeks UNDETECTED
EOT plus 12 weeks UNDETECTED !!!!!!!!!!! I am DONE!

NO LONGER a member of the "WAITING GANG"

Offline kate0b1

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Re: Starting Harvoni 2/23/2015
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 07:49:12 am »
@duwbdawg, what al said +1.

kate

Offline duwbdawg

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Re: Starting Harvoni 2/23/2015
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2015, 09:09:47 am »
Al I have good energy coming your way. You will beat this. I can't wait to hear your good news in June.
Infected: 1985
DX: 1998
HepC 1a
8 weeks Harvoni 2/23/2015
"Gesundheit!"

Offline duwbdawg

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Re: Starting Harvoni 2/23/2015
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2015, 09:11:42 am »
So after 3 days, I can tell you that I really haven't had any major or minor side effects. Yes, a little brain fog and the beginnings of a headache it seems sometimes when I'm sedentary, but this seems to dissipate with the activities of work and daily living. It doesn't seem to keep me from sleeping. I was telling my wife that it feels like the first few days after you give up coffee. Dull slight headache and a little foggy, but only when things are quiet around you.
Infected: 1985
DX: 1998
HepC 1a
8 weeks Harvoni 2/23/2015
"Gesundheit!"

Offline Islandgirl

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  • Started Harvoni 12/3/14 - EOT 2/25/15
Re: Starting Harvoni 2/23/2015
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2015, 09:51:47 am »
duwbdawg, what Kate and Al said, plus 1 8)  Glad you're doing well so far.  I took my last pill (12wk) on the 25th and will certainly be around too.  As Al said, the support is invaluable. 

Don't forget to drink tons of water.  I'd been having horrible leg/foot cramps wake me at night and extra water took care of them!  I didn't dream I could be dehydrated, but guess I was.  Yesterday, I forgot to get enough water down and at 3AM woke with those bad cramps, unfortunately proving to myself that I have to keep on with extra water! 

Sending you lots of positive energy and good wishes  ....Islandgirl
1b, treatment naive, positive for Hep C since 1994; thought to be transmitted via blood transfusions in 1976
Started Harvoni 12/3/14, EOT 2/25/15
12/31/14 labs - Virus Undetected, ALT/18, AST/34
3/25/15 labs - 1 mo post 12 wk Harvoni TX Virus Undetected!!  :) ....Islandgirl

 


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