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Re: Quality of life during treatment?

Re: Quality of life during treatment?

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Posted by Pat from Texas on October 27, 1999 at 21:05:31:

In Reply to: Re: Quality of life during treatment? posted by J.G. on October 22, 1999 at 21:51:02:

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: : : Thanks, Pat from Texas. By the way, I'm coming out of my denial, man what trip this HCV is. I just got some lab back, but haven't had time to talk to the doc about it. He said in a phone message to me that my viral count is low but I have geno-type 1a. 800,000 virus per cub/ml.

: : : Bob from California
: : Glad to hear from Pat from Texas. I cannot find any support groups here in Wichita Falls. Could sure use one. I have been on Combo therapy for 3 months and it has been difficult to work and just cope with life in general. The depression is awful, along with the other side effects. Do you know who I could reach in this area of Texas?

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: : Bob,
: : You go through a lot of different stages once you know about your HCV. At first I thought it was the end of life, then I worried about where I got it from, I'm passed all of that now and just working with this treatmennt. Check for a support group in your area. I'll never forget the first mmeting I went to, I thought it was so depressing everyone talking about how bad they felt, or about how brain dead you get from this treatment. Now it is uplifting to go a share with people who are going through the same thing as us a when we forget what we were talking about we all laugh. It's strange how the interferon makes you very forgetful. I use to let it bother me but now I just laugh. Just remenber your NOT ALONE.
: : PAT from Texas

Bob, from California
Check with the Health Dept. about a support group in your area. Also in our Sunday paper it lists all kinds of support groups for our area. Going on 12 weeks now and believe it I am starting to feel a little bit better. Went to the Doctors last week and I was becoming anemic which was making me so tired. He cut down on the pills I am taking everyday. I am now taking only 4 Ribovirin pills instead of 5. Seems to have made a different. I go the week of the 12th of November for the test to see if this treatment has decrease the viris in my liver. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Pat from Odessa,Texas

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