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Offline jakelin

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What a long strange trip it's been..
« on: October 03, 2016, 01:36:38 pm »
 I was diagnosed with Hep C in 2001, didn't even know what it was when told. I do now!! I start my Harvoni treatment this Friday Oct. 7th. 12 week treatment which will end on Dec. 31.. Hopefully will start the new year free of this dark cloud and be able to put away my umbrella. I'm a 64 year old veteran, drafted in 1972 for beautiful SE Asia. Performed my duty and returned to the world and put it behind me. Married for 33 wonderful years, lovely wife, daughter and a grandson who is the light of my life. Enough of my history..
 Thanks to the VA and a great liver specialist, I can now, hopefully rid myself of this virus. I am told I'm a good candidate for this treatment, healthy, in good shape for my age, never drank, but still smoke cigarettes, eesh!!
 I will admit, I'm a little anxious about side effects, etc. but am as ready as anyone could be to get on with it. Thanks to this forum and 15 years of living with the knowledge of having the virus, type 1, I return to my specialist tomorrow with pages of questions and to receive my first 2 weeks, of Harvoni. Hope she has scheduled a good amount of time to talk.. :)
 I'm going to continue to post here during my journey and would like to thank all of the very kind, sincere people who post in here. and the moderators (Iporterrn, I hope you realize how much you help.. a kind soul) I'm ready to go to war again, albeit, a little longer in tooth. lol.. Thanks again.. jakelin..

Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2016, 07:24:18 pm »
Welcome, jakelin. Hope your Harvoni journey is easy, as it has been for most of us. Don't forget to stay well hydrated.

Gnatty
9/29/71 transfusions
HCV genotype 1a
7/09/15-9/30/15 Harvoni

Before treatment:
Viral Load 9,490,582
FibroScan 19.5 kPa [F4]
ALT 262
AST 217
ALP 183

Most recent:
VL still UNDETECTED (SVR 102)
FibroScan 7.6 kPa [F1-2]
ALT 15
AST 20
ALP 85

Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2016, 08:59:02 pm »
Welcome to the forums, jakelin - and to the harvoni journey! I'm sure it will go fine. :)

kim
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 jakelin

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2016, 11:00:18 pm »
Thank you Gnat and Kim.

Offline Philadelphia

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2016, 08:34:15 am »
All the very best for a successful and sx-free treatment. :)
CURED SVR24  Class of 2015
Wk 12 post EOT 30.11.15: ALT 14 AST 22 GGT 22 VL UND
Week 19 07.08.15: ALT 17 AST 23 GGT 25
Week 12 18.06.15: ALT 21 AST 23 GGT 28
Week 8 25.05.15: ALT 23 AST 27 GGT 30 VL UND
Week 4 20.04.14: ALT 30 AST 36 VL 40
Treatment start 23.03.15: ALT 137 AST 185 VL 342,600
Cirrhosis Child-Pugh A, Genotype 1a - Viekira Pak + riba 24 weeks
Total failure interferon/ribavirin/boceprovir Mar 2013
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Offline jakelin

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2016, 07:44:27 am »
I was diagnosed with Hep C in 2001, didn't even know what it was when told. I do now!! I start my Harvoni treatment this Friday Oct. 7th. 12 week treatment which will end on Dec. 31.. Hopefully will start the new year free of this dark cloud and be able to put away my umbrella. I'm a 64 year old veteran, drafted in 1972 for beautiful SE Asia. Performed my duty and returned to the world and put it behind me. Married for 33 wonderful years, lovely wife, daughter and a grandson who is the light of my life. Enough of my history..
 Thanks to the VA and a great liver specialist, I can now, hopefully rid myself of this virus. I am told I'm a good candidate for this treatment, healthy, in good shape for my age, never drank, but still smoke cigarettes, eesh!!
 I will admit, I'm a little anxious about side effects, etc. but am as ready as anyone could be to get on with it. Thanks to this forum and 15 years of living with the knowledge of having the virus, type 1, I return to my specialist tomorrow with pages of questions and to receive my first 2 weeks, of Harvoni. Hope she has scheduled a good amount of time to talk.. :)
 I'm going to continue to post here during my journey and would like to thank all of the very kind, sincere people who post in here. and the moderators (Iporterrn, I hope you realize how much you help.. a kind soul) I'm ready to go to war again, albeit, a little longer in tooth. lol.. Thanks again.. jakelin..

Offline jakelin

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2016, 07:45:49 am »
I was diagnosed with Hep C in 2001, didn't even know what it was when told. I do now!! I start my Harvoni treatment this Friday Oct. 7th. 12 week treatment which will end on Dec. 31.. Hopefully will start the new year free of this dark cloud and be able to put away my umbrella. I'm a 64 year old veteran, drafted in 1972 for beautiful SE Asia. Performed my duty and returned to the world and put it behind me. Married for 33 wonderful years, lovely wife, daughter and a grandson who is the light of my life. Enough of my history..
 Thanks to the VA and a great liver specialist, I can now, hopefully rid myself of this virus. I am told I'm a good candidate for this treatment, healthy, in good shape for my age, never drank, but still smoke cigarettes, eesh!!
 I will admit, I'm a little anxious about side effects, etc. but am as ready as anyone could be to get on with it. Thanks to this forum and 15 years of living with the knowledge of having the virus, type 1, I return to my specialist tomorrow with pages of questions and to receive my first 2 weeks, of Harvoni. Hope she has scheduled a good amount of time to talk.. :)
 I'm going to continue to post here during my journey and would like to thank all of the very kind, sincere people who post in here. and the moderators (Iporterrn, I hope you realize how much you help.. a kind soul) I'm ready to go to war again, albeit, a little longer in tooth. lol.. Thanks again.. jakelin..

Offline jakelin

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2016, 08:01:35 am »
2nd day/only 7 weeks and 5 days to go.. first day felt like I had a mild case of the flu, not intolerable, stayed hydrated and really only felt mild nausea which some crackers and water resolved. I take mine a 6:00am and today am feeling kind of cold in my arms, still early and hoping my body adjusts to medication soon, but again, tolerable. I keep thinking how wonderful it will be to rid myself of this virus. Life is good!!

Offline FutureThinker

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2016, 11:07:31 am »
Good morning, Jacklin and welcome to the forum!  You'll find a lot of great info and support here.  And welcome to the Harvoni Train -- my ride was very uneventful and the time flew by w/o any significant side effects. Hopefully your journey will be as enjoyable as was mine. It's a great feeling to be on that path to SVR, isn't it?

Yes, life is good -- and the future is bright! Have a good day, FT
Treatment naive
Likely contracted mid-70s
Diagnosed 1a, 2011
F1-2
Harvoni X 12 weeks, completed 5/17/16
Pre-treatment: VL 3 mil, AST 64, ALT 84
4 week labs: VL 30, AST 21, ALT 14
8 week labs: VL UD!!!, AST 22, ALT 16
12 week labs: VL UD, AST 23, ALT 14
2 wk EOT: VL UD
12 wk EOT: VL UD, AST 22, ALT 13 =  SVR 12! Yay! 
Last hep appointment: VL UD, AST 19, ALT 12 = SVR 39! I AM DONE!

Offline jakelin

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Re: What a long strange trip it's been..
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2016, 01:48:52 am »
FreeThinker,
 Thanks, I've read a lot of your posts and appreciate your reply. Like the way you think.. I was mistaken in my original post, I only need 8 weeks treatment, not 12 weeks. Today was my 2nd day, so only 7 weeks and 5 days to go.  :) Funny, I take my pill at 6:00am and feel pretty good for about 6 hrs. then feel a little flu like. nothing intolerable by any means. I'm almost 65 and am raising my 13 year old grandson, so were looking forward to me having more energy to keep up with him. Thank you again for your reply, some of you are doing really great work and I'm happy to have found this forum, relieves a lot of anxiety for many people.. Take care..

 


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