I'm posting these notices because I'm happy about my given situation, and if this blog happens to outlive me, this will make interesting reading for my grandkids. Having Hep C has been a roller coaster ride, emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Their have been times of despair, times of hope, but mostly a constant consciousness that it, was there. Now I hope to return to a freer sensibility and enjoy what future I have, unencumbered by the weight of impending doom. To: Thomas D Raher From: ANDREW I-AN LU MD Received: 9/9/2015 9:41 AM PDT I was informed that you have finished hepatitis C treatment with sustained viral response. Congratulations. I just wanted to wish you well. I recommend follow up with primary physician for periodic clinical checks. I believe we have also been monitoring you for history of cirrhosis. Please continue to follow up with Jim Row for periodic checks. Contact me with any questions. Be well. Thank you. I have asked to be notified if you do not read this message to ensure you get this message.
Sharing can be daunting, but my life is transparent, and I feel a need. I have good news, especially for old friends, who like me, misspent their youth recklessly. Hepatitis C can now be cured. I've spent six years in a state of flux, anxious over failed treatment, and long delays for FDA approval of new drugs. Thankfully it's over. My message is, regardless of the societal stigma, if in doubt get tested.
Thomas D Raher
JAMES ENOCH ROW NP
9/4/2015 11:54 AM PDT
Good news. On September 2, 2015 there was no Hepatitis C virus detected.
Congratulations on your successful treatment for the eradication of Hepatitis C. The following are a couple of basic points you need to understand for the future:
1. Although the treatment was successful, you are not immune to Hepatitis C. If you become exposed again to the virus in the future, you could get Hepatitis C again.
2. When you were exposed to Hepatitis C, your body formed antibodies to fight the infection, but the antibodies did not work. There will always be antibodies to Hepatitis C found in your blood, even though the virus was eradicated.
If you have any questions regarding Hepatitis C, please feel free to contact me.