Twelve weeks into tx and I feel compeled to inform newbies of some of my own experiences. Five plus years after being diagnosed HCV and told by a 'specialist' "congratulations! you'll be 100 years old before you develope any problems with your liver" I found out the HCV caused my cirrhosis of the liver stage 3-4 (meaning I have signs of stage 4). I did not want to go through the treatment as i had heard how tough it was, but the cirrhosis got me. It is true....the tx is hard. In the beginning I cried a LOT. Sometimes I made no sense. There was even physical pain. Over time I experienced many symptoms. I even wanted to give up on everything. I've stuck it out., refused anti d's (as I know how my body reacts to them), and taking as little meds as possibly, Over time I have found that what people here have suggested is very useful. They told me to drink water. DRINK WATER!!! The riba will knock all energy out of you. REST! My doc had to reduce my dosage because it was too much. Thought I was gonna die. You may experiece changes in taste and smell. Work through it. It's all different for everyone I believe. Find where your best comfort is. Laughter is good for the soul. It may be a tough battle for you. It sure has been for me. I have 36 more weeks of tx to go and know each day can be different. Remember....the best advice I've read is to DRINK LOTS of WATER and REST. Try not to dwell on the negative because it will eat you up. It did me. I'm at a good place this week. Hope you all have a peaceful journey. Remember this is just another chapter in our lives. We can not lay down at the mercy of fate. Be strong.
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