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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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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 »
Where I Stand Today on Using Alternative Therapies to Treat Chronic Illnesses by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness I used to be a consumer of alternative health services like acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional consultations, body work and chiropractic. I started using alternative th ... Read on »
Saying Goodbye to a Chronically Awesome Friend by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness "Live fast, die pretty."  That's what one of my chronically awesome friends used to say.  Used to, because she died this past Sunday from complications of her multiple ... Read on »
Will You Be Able to Afford Your New Health Insurance? by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Last November I wrote about my displeasure with the changes coming in 2013 to medical flexible spending accounts (FSA), the result of more provisions of the Patient P ... Read on »
Ready to See Where Life With Chronic Illness Will Take You in 2013? by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Wow, time sure does fly!  I can't believe that 2012 is over already.  Really.  I feel like I got so little done and missed out on a lot of things last year because of ... Read on »
Selena's 2012 Holiday Message by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Hi! It's Selena from the blog Oh My Aches and Pains and I'm recording this video today to show you how I'm doing four months post Hepatitis C t ... Read on »
Confessions of a Night Owl: Living with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness "Dawn is when men of reason go to bed"  ~Ambrose Bierce Recently I've moved from Perth, Australia to Los Angeles. O.K., so not literally, but definitely in ... Read on »
Let Me Give Thanks! #Iamthankful #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness As I am writing this, I can smell all the good food cooking away in my crockpots: a turkey breast with veggies and potatoes in one and a crockpot apple pie in the othe ... Read on »
Not the Only One With Chronic Illness #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness This weekend I learned that I am not the only one with chronic illness in my household.  Our little brown terrier mix Theodor was just diagnosed with  Addison's diseas ... Read on »
Strive to Grow Where You Are Planted, Despite Your Chronic Illness #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness This photo was taken in May 1974 by Chief Bwana . Look at this picture of a tree and what do you see? If you are familiar with the photographer ... Read on »
My Favorite Hepatitis C Health Activist: Lucinda Porter, RN #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness I've seen the name Lucinda Porter, RN for a long time.  You see, she is a regular contributor to the HCV Advocate website and newsletter, which has been my trusted sou ... Read on »
Today is World Diabetes Day 2012 #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness One of my many chronic illnesses is diabetes, so I want to take some time today to acknowledge and celebrate World Diabetes Day 2012. How I Learned I Had ... Read on »
My Favorite Smart Phone Health App #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Do you often ask yourself, "Did I take my last dose of X?"  Well then, this is the app for you! The main function of the Med Helper app is to help you create a s ... Read on »
Health Activist Soapbox: Health Care Reform Needs Reform! #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness I'm of the opinion that we rarely get things right on the first attempt.  I think it isn't until we give it a go for several rounds that we finally get closer to wh ... Read on »
If I Could Wear My Pain Like Clothing #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness If I could wear my pain like clothing, this is what you'd see. Read on »
Thoughts on Sharing About My Health in Social Media #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Why yes, I do a lot of sharing about my health in social media.  What I share and how I share it has definitely been a "decide as I go" process because, by nature, ... Read on »
My Comfort Care Pack for Fibromyalgia #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Wondering what to get your friend or family member who has recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia?  Here are my suggestions for putting together a comfort care pack ... Read on »