In 2007, I went to my physician for some routine blood tests. About a week later i received a document in the mail from the health department stating that I had tested positive for HCV. At the time I wasn’t sure what hepatitis C was or how I had it. I did a little bit of research at the time and didn’t really understand most of it. Being 20 at the time I really thought nothing of it.
The fall of 2008, I became pregnant with my first child and I started having a lot of problems with my pregnancy. I was admitted to the hospital three times for various complications and my daughter was born early to prevent any more complications from arising before her due date.
After her birth I did more research and started visiting doctors to learn more about Hepatitis C. Over the past few years I have been through two treatments with Interferon and Ribavirin back to back. The first treatment was Interferon and Ribavirin, which is a standard treatment option. During that treatment I was found to be non-responsive. So I then signed up to do high dose Ribavirin with Interferon treatment. During that treatment I was a partial responder but my response was not strong enough to keep my virus dormant.
As of now I am 27 years old and I have cirrhosis of the liver due to my infection with the hepatitis C virus. I am finishing a liver transplant evaluation so that I can eventually be placed on a transplant list. As for my hepatitis C, today 8/28/13 I am writing this story from my hospital bed where I am waiting to see if my blood work is good enough to have a trans-jugular liver biopsy and possibly start a new treatment for my hepatitis C. This is something I struggle with every day, but I will always FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!!!! I refuse to give up and no matter what I can always say that I have done everything I possibly can to help myself when it comes to my health. I have never said no to a test or treatment.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.