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Offline Bucky

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I can finally say it, CURED!
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:30:51 am »

HCV, RNA QUANTITATIVE

TARGET NOT DETECTED

HCV RNA ULTRALOG

TARGET NOT DETECTED

 

IU/ML

Final
 

 
My journey with the Dragon is finally over after thirty years. After 12 weeks of S&O and a six month wait I have been declared virus free! I have been officially discharged from my IDS and now it is time for the healing to continue.
My liver is beat up, my spleen is screwed and my platelets are crap (62,000), but I am very hopeful that all this will improve in the future.

My new Gastro doctor is very positive in his prognosis for the future because he is seeing liver healing and greatly improving health occurring in nearly all of his patients who have been cured.

For my forum friends who failed on S&O, I am sure that your new meds will take care of the Beast and you will be dancing and crying in the near future as I am this evening.   

To the Moderators, You know that I hold you all in a very special place in my heart.

To my Mel, Hang tough sister you will get through this and be OK in the end. You have one young man that really needs you to be there for a long time and you will.

And finally my Dear Lucinda, You are truly a special Angel sent to those of us in the fight or completing it. You gave me the knowledge, the strength and the wisdom that I needed nine months ago when I started this journey.

Peace my brothers and sisters, and God bless you all.
Bucky

 




 



 

 

 


 


 



 

 

 

 



 

I HAVE SLAYED THE DRAGON.....CURED SVR24!

Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2015, 01:33:02 am »
Congratulations Bucky!!! :) :) :)
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

Offline morning_glory

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2015, 07:06:18 am »
Woo-Hoo!!!  :D
Awesome news!!!
Praying for your body to continue healing!
Thank you letting us celebrate with you!

Blessings,
MG
Likely infected - mid 70's / Diagnosed - mid 90's
Geno type - 1a
AST - 45
ALT - 51
Viral Load - 435,120
Liver Biopsy 6/2004 - F1-2
Fibrosure 5/2011 - F1-2
Fibrosure 2/2014 - F-0
Treatment Naive, prior to Harvoni
Harvoni started on 5/16/15
8-week Treatment Completed (7/10/15)
4-week bloodwork (6/11/15) Undetected, AST 15, ALT 17
8-week bloodwork (7/13/15) Undetected, AST 14, ALT 16

Offline charly8

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2015, 07:30:41 am »
Congratulations!

And here is hoping that we see a lot more of these posts very soon!
1a, VL  1.05 Mil, ALT 47
Fibrosure F3 December 2014
Fibroscan F0-F1 March 2015
1995 INT & RYB -non-responder
2007 PEGIN & RYB 72 weeks tx - partial responder relapsed
1/23/15 Started Harvoni 12 weeks, EOT 4/17
2 week blood work -  <15 Und. (ALT 25)
4 week blood work - <15 Und. (ALT 29)
2/20/15 added RYB (4 weeks into 12 of tx)
8 week blood work - <15 Und. (ALT 23)
(EOT) 12 week blood work - <15 Und.
4wk POST tx VL - Und. (ALT16, AST 17)

Offline JillLynn

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  • contracted 1973/ peg/rib 1999 & 2004/on harvoni
Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2015, 09:38:05 am »
awesome news Bucky!!!!     Congratulations!!!

Offline Bucky

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2015, 10:38:07 am »
Thanks for the congrats and good wishes. As I write this the HepC commercial is on the TV so I hope more people get cured as I did. The IDS clinic that I formally went to is booked out for six months because of the demand for treatment.

It will be great to spend this summer outside since I had to stay out of the sun last year.
Bucky
I HAVE SLAYED THE DRAGON.....CURED SVR24!

Offline Picnic

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2015, 10:49:33 am »
Congratulations Bucky!!! Now the picnic begins!!!
Larry

Offline Long_Haul

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2015, 11:01:58 am »
Congratulations Bucky! You give us continued hope in killing this beast! thanks for all your posts along the way and be healthy and happy!

Best Wishes,

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 BubbaT

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2015, 03:27:05 pm »
Congrats Bucky !

Will you have another test at 1yr?

Keep us posted!
Age 57 male
Infected late 70's
Diagnosed 95
1a, 2 prev biopsy 95, 2004
Ct 2007, 2015
Treatment Naive
F4 A3. Fibrosure/ CT 2-5-15. Ammonia 222
VL 2.2 mil.
Started Harvoni  3-3-15. 12weeks, finished 5-26-15
4 week VL undetected
12 week EOT undetected

Offline Bucky

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2015, 04:22:39 pm »
Congrats Bucky !

Will you have another test at 1yr?

Keep us posted!

My IDS said that my HepC infection was over and no additional VLs were needed. For my own peace of mind I will more than likely get rechecked in six more months. 
Bucky
I HAVE SLAYED THE DRAGON.....CURED SVR24!

Offline Islandgirl

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2015, 08:45:48 pm »
Congrats Bucky!

I'm so happy for you that I'm tearful as I write this - tears of joy and gratitude.  I'm grateful that you have such wonderful news, and grateful for the support and help you have given all of us on the forum. 

You were the first person to welcome and encourage me when I first posted and somehow that helped me have the courage to keep on posting on this forum that has become like family to me.  God bless you and continue to heal you. 

Hugs, (we never get enough of 'em :))  ...Islandgirl 8)
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

Offline CE

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  • Genotype 3. Sovaldi & Ribavirin 24 weeks.
Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2015, 11:36:21 pm »
Congrats Bucky! I am so very happy for you! What a blessing to be finally cured! I wish you all the very best in your new life. God bless!

 -- Chris
Chris :)
Diagnosed July 2014
Genotype 3
Viral load of 950,000
Most likely from blood transfusion in 1978
Treatment started November 2014
Sovaldi and Ribavirin for 24 weeks
End of treatment April 2015
SVR12 July 2015!!!!!!
SVR24 October 2015!!!!!
Cured!!!! Praise the Lord!!

Offline Bucky

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2015, 10:44:58 am »
Thank you Islandgirl and Chris. I still can't believe my good fortune to be rid of the Dragon.
Even as happy as I am, the staff at my former ID Clinic were as excited as me because they still can't believe how nearly everyone is being cured after years and years of watching people die a slow death without much hope of a cure.
My IDS told me that she had only one person relapse after treatment with S&O and she wished that the insurance carriers would allow her to use them more often. She said that her Harvoni patients did excellent as well but that the S&O cocktail appeared to be  "cleaner" on the body as far as side effects.
Bucky 
I HAVE SLAYED THE DRAGON.....CURED SVR24!

Offline Mike

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2015, 01:45:15 pm »
Congrats, Bucky,

Another dragon goes to the bone yard!

Best wishes on your new life, MIke
Genotype 1a
Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline Bucky

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2015, 03:13:16 pm »
Mike,
Thank you for the good wishes.
For some strange reason I have felt the need to get a Dragon Tattoo with a big X on it. I don't have any Tats but it seems fitting, kind of a secret society thing where those of use who have taken this trip and won would know each other in public.
Just a crazy thought I guess. It would be my luck to get reinfected from the Tattoo.
Bucky
I HAVE SLAYED THE DRAGON.....CURED SVR24!

Offline Mike

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2015, 04:37:56 pm »
Well, if there was a life-changing, toiled & fought for, well deserving tattoo design that would be it! :)

Best wishes, Mike
Genotype 1a
Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline badbradley

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2015, 01:02:15 am »
Hey Bucky,            Congrats on the SVR24!  I will battle the dragon once again and when I win...that tattoo idea, I'm in!
Brad
Geno 1a
Sov/Oly 12wks - relapse
Har/Riba 12wks
Alt-16  Ast-17 SVR - 12
Alt-15  Ast-14 SVR - 24

Offline Bucky

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Re: I can finally say it, CURED!
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2015, 10:31:57 am »
Brad,
Thanks man and I hope you are successful with your next treatment. I am surprised as you are that you relapsed. I am almost twice your weight so you should in theory have had twice the amount of meds per lb.
On a side note, my sister noticed that I have some fat loss in my cheeks and that I now have a slight double chin. I asked my IDS about it since Olysio is a PI and I have seen the same thing happen to my friends who are co infected and were on the old meds for HIV. She noted my concern and observation, but she honestly said that since the meds are so new they still don't have all the facts about post treatment. She did show me a graft of my weight since I started treatment and I gained and lost and gained 15 lbs and I am now at my heaviest (230 lbs). I know that as people age some loose facial fat and get double chins so maybe this is what happened. I am almost 60 and that is the age where bodies really start to change. I am old but I don't want to admit it!
Bucky
 
I HAVE SLAYED THE DRAGON.....CURED SVR24!

 


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