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Selena

Los Angeles, California
Born in the 60s. West L.A. is home. Wife, sister, friend, homeowner, neighbor, cat and dog lover. UCLA Alumna x2 ... go Bruins! Good sense of humor!  Likes:  80s music, books, writing, gardening, arts and crafts.  Dislikes:  Red tape, rude people, bad drivers and bad hair... Full Bio
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GRAPHIC: You can live with chronic illness and be... by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness You can live with chronic illness and be happy or you can live with chronic illness and be angry. Either way, you're still going to be living with chronic illne ... Read on »
What's Wrong with Health Care: What It Took to Get My Painkiller Presciption Filled by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Pretty please, just fill my prescription...     Last time, I wrote about my troubles getting my prescription for morphine filled at my regular pharmacy: Wh ... Read on »
What's Wrong with Healthcare: Getting a Pain Pill Prescription Filled by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness You want me to fill your prescription?!?    This series of posts has been a long time in the making.  This year marks 10 years since I started my not-so-ne ... Read on »
Why I Blog About My Life with Chronic Illness by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Me, blogging from my couch I haven't thought about this subject for quite a while, but I am writing about it for a good cause.  When I am done, I will be o ... Read on »
Love -- In Sickness, not Health by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Happy Valentine's Day!  I can't think of a better day to talk about how chronic illness affects my most important relationship: the one with my hubby of over 15 years. ... Read on »
Five Flu Survival Tips for the Chronically Ill by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Fourteen days ago I got the flu from my husband.  Seems the virus has invaded his workplace and many of his co-workers are sick too.  Of course, instead of staying home ... Read on »
Getting to Know Me, All Over Again, After Hepatitis C Treatment by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness While distractions might have gotten me through 2013 , they also pleasantly postponed me from diving into the new personal health management work I need to tackle. Y ... Read on »
2013: The Year I Really, Really Needed Distractions by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Welcome 2014! I know I didn't spend much time here last year and I really missed blogging.  But I am happy to report I am ready to dive back in. As for m ... Read on »
Where #SavePetSociety Is Taking Me.... by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness “It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans. ” ~Robert Lynd I'm not quite sure how to write this post without sounding like a complete lunati ... Read on »
Chronic Pain, @Facebook Games and @EA 's Pet Society #savepetsociety by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness My pet, Miss Hiss (right), in happier days Today I want to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart... If you are a friend of mine ... Read on »
Patients for a Moment: The Stresses of Chronic Illness by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Welcome to the April edition of the Patients for a Moment (PFAM) blog carnival. Patients For A Moment is a patient-centered blog carnival - for, by, or about ... Read on »
The Stresses of Seeking Medical Treatment for Fibromyalgia by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness I got a very nice email from a friend the other day.  She said to me, "I hope that your pain is well managed.  It must be difficult to get doctors to not only believe ... Read on »
Call for PFAM Submissions: The Stresses of Chronic Illness by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it, but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.  -Danzae Pace It's a ... Read on »
When the Going Gets Tough for the Chronically Ill by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness We all know the saying When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But when you live with chronic illness, I think a more fitting revision might be When th ... Read on »
Life Can be Painful for People Living With Chronic Pain by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness One of the first lessons you learn when you start living life with chronic pain is that daily life--family, work, home and school--can make your pain worse. All those ... Read on »
The Bad News About Student Loan Disability Discharge by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness What the .....! A few weeks ago I wrote about the challenges of chronic illness .  One of the challenges is financial hardships, from huge medical bi ... Read on »
Did It Work? The Results of My Hepatitis C Treatment by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness
This is me. Watch the video clip below
to learn if I'm now Hep C free.


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi, it's Selena from the blog Oh My Aches and Pains! and I'm recording this message today because I have arrived the end of my Hepatitis C treatment journey.

I'm here today to share with you the results of my six month post-treatment Hepatitis C viral load. So drumroll please! I remain undetectable; the Hepatitis C virus cannot be found in my bloodstream. The treatment that I underwent was successful and I am currently Hepatitis C free.

Now part of me is ecstatic about this news, and part of me, I think, is dealing with a little bit of disbelief. I mean I have lived with Hepatitis C for 24 years so it's a little surreal to think that that, moving forward, I'm no longer dealing with a life with Hepatitis C. Now it might take a little bit of getting used to, but I think eventually I'll managed just fine.

I do need to let you know that there is a 0.8% chance that the virus could come back. Again, that is 0.8 percent, but I think you'll agree that chance is very small, tiny, miniscule. In fact, it's so small that there is a group of people in the medical community now, who considered an undetectable viral load at six month post-treatment a cure. Hey, I can deal with a cure!

I also have other good news to report. When I got my viral load test drawn, I also got an A1C test done, which is a test you do when you have diabetes. A normal test result is 5.9 or lower for people who aren't diabetic. My has resulted was 6.3 which is pretty darn good, especially considering how much Hepatitis C interfered with my ability to manage my diabetes. I've been living in 7+ range for quite a while now.

Every day I'm getting a little bit stronger and doing a little bit better. I'm still not back to my pre-treatment level of functioning, but I'm definitely better, much better, then I was six months ago. It might take another six month, or it could take up to two years post-treatment, for me to finally start feeling like I did before I started treatment.

In terms of my chronic pain and my chronic fatigue, unfortunately I haven't experienced any improvement in those symptoms. Maybe it's too early to tell…and it's possible Hepatitis C really didn't have much to do with those symptoms.

But either way, treating Hepatitis C was the right decision for me and I have now eliminated any possibility of developing any Hepatitis C related complications. And that's a good thing!

So now that my journey has ended and I've gotten a good outcome, it's time to celebrate! And since many of you who have been supporting me through this journey are online with me, we're going to have the party online. I'd like to do a Google hangout where we can all join in on a video chat. I'm putting together some party favors for those who are attending as well as some giveaways like I promised.

I just need a little bit of time to get everything together and then we can celebrate!

So if you're watching this, you're invited. Look for more information on my blog or on Facebook about actual day and time.

And once again I want to thank every one you who has reached out to me to offer me support during this journey. It has really helped me get where I am today. And I'm very honest when I say I couldn't have done this without your support. And now it's time for me to pay you back. So if you need my help, you know how to find me. Please don't hesitate to ask – I'm here to return the favor.

This has been Selena from the blog Oh My Aches and Pains! and I am now living life Hepatitis C free.

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Does Chronic Illness Mess With Your Emotions? by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness To be honest, I've been in a crummy mood lately.  There are a lot of reasons why, but I'm afraid if I use this post to list all the reasons, it is just going to reinforce ... Read on »
The Final Steps in My Hepatitis C Treatment Journey by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness I'm nervous.  Or is it anxious?  Either way I am out-of-sorts and, quite frankly, I just want the next 10 days to fly by as quickly as possible. You see, I go for ... Read on »
Surviving Cold and Flu Season When You're Chronically Ill - Part One by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Time flies when you are sick in bed!  January is over and I spent most of last month being sick with the flu or recovering from it. With this season's flu widespre ... Read on »