So a few people have asked me about why I am sick, and wanted to understand more.
First and foremost THANK YOU for being concerned!
I have chronic Hepatitis C with cirrhosis, and below is by best job at explaining what it is. It is basically a visus that enters the blood stream and attacks the liver,and over time it causes the lliver to scare.
It is believed that 60% of the people who have hepatitis C have no idea how they got it. I fall into this group, as I have never shot drugs, have no tatoos, and never had a blood transfusion. I don’t know how I got it, but that is not important, I have it, and I must treat it to hopefully get rid of the virius!
IIt was discovered by surpise, as I kept going to the doctors to find out why I am always so tired, and never had any energy, this has been going on for about a year. I have generally not been well, but I was able to function so I did.
After doing some blood test it was discoved at the end of the summer that I did indeed have hepatitis C, and after getting a liver biospey, I found out that it was chronic and I always have cirrhosis.
Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is chronic when the body can’t get rid of the hepatitis C virus.
The infection often does not show syptoms for years, and you will not even know that you have HCV! However, once established, a chronic infection can progress to scarring of the liver know as fibrosis, and after a while(if not detected and/or treated) this can lead to advanced scarring know as cirrhosis.
In some cases(hopefully not me`-`) the cirrhosis can lead to other complications including liver cancer, or even the liver failing, which would require a liver transplant.
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread by blood-to-blood contact. This is the ONLY way you can get hepatitis C
Next Wednesday I will start treatment in a Clinincal Trial to hopefully kill the infection. The treatment is usllay done with a medication called peginterferon and ribavirin, which as been proven to kill the virus in most cases.
I am hoping that this new drug will give me better odds of killing the HCV viris, and then I can back to a normal life without feeling tired all the time `-` I am very hopefully I know I will beat this!
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