I am going to fight a good fight though and do all I can to fight this hep c virus. I suffer bouts of depression though and hope it will not get me down.
I had my liver biopsy and was very sad when I got the results. I have finally gotten my scripts for Harvoni (ledipasvir sofosbuvir) but I can’t afford it. I got ta hold of Sunny Pharma, Kumar sent me the meds for $800. I want to go to work so bad but I get sick to often now to keep a job and it is not fair to my employer if I am sick all the time.
I had been having problems with my liver enzymes being elevated up to 169 for the alt’s and 122 for the ast’s. I suffer from chronic pain and fatigue. I had my liver biopsy and was very sad when I got the results.
But the doc said it wasn’t that bad and he gave me courage and I really appreciated that. So many doctors don’t really care espcially when you get this horrific disease. For the longest time I had no idea why I felt tired and had this foggy problem when it came to doing some basic chores and even writing checks out to bills.
I’m on my second week and this hep c med is really kicking in. I feel so much better than I had for years, almost over a decade. I just thought I was getting old but in reality it was the hep c virus doing the hurting all the time. Some people have told me that they have literally been clinically depressed and put on lots of anti depressants because of hep c. I never thought it could be this bad.
What’s worst is I have met so many people that have been denied for hep c treatment and I wish I could do something. I have the fight in me to do that and I now know a good resource to get treatment to help so many. No way most people cannot afford the generic Harvoni at $24,000. My doctor recommended me to Kumar. He’s been a little angel in my life after this hep C issue.
I’m cured now and Iam more than grateful to Soul of Healing and Sunny Pharma, for sending me generic Harvoni, Hepcinat LP. Thank you Kumar.
About ten years ago I accidentally found out that I had Hep C. I really did not know what that meant at the time. The years have passed by and I really hadn’t thought about it much. Within the past two years I have become self employed. Being self employed has its limitations. I no longer had an employer to provide me with health insurance. I found an insurance broker and he began the search for a company who could offer me coverage that I could afford. Of course when I filled the paperwork out I did not mention the Hep C because I have never felt bad or needed any help medically and there was the fact that I knew I would be refused by any insurance company if they were to discover my well kept secret. I have had my own personal health insurance now for about seven months. I went to see a specialist about some possible depression or menopause effects. I was not sure what I was going through and regular doctors are always willing to doll out the meds without really knowing what the problem is. I try to be careful with meds and the impact they can have on the liver. I confided in this psychiatrist that I had Hep C and to please not give me anything that would be hard on my liver. The insurance company got my records from her and discovered that I had Hep C as well as other personal facts that are extremely damaging. They have asked me to sign forms that give them access to other medical records. If I do not supply the signatures on the forms they have threatened to make me responsible for every medical bill I have acquired since I began seven months ago. I felt exposed and angry that my privacy was now public knowledge and I would probably not be able to get health insurance on my own again. I am thinking of the letter I will write in response but I feel hopeless. I have not been tested in the years that have passed, I only know that I don’t feel bad but it won’t matter to an insurance company. It will be interesting to see what happens next. I am approaching my 46th birthday and don’t know what I will do for health care. That was last month. Then I ran in to a friend, she confided in me that she had hep C. Her doctor informed her there is a cure for hepatitis C now. Insurance is picky about who it covers and who it doesn’t. I had mentioned that I have insurance but they’re being prickly at this time and I don’t know if I should tell them or not.
She said her doctor works with a lot of low income people and they don’t have insurance either but they got treatment. My friend, at this time got a little bit more closer to me and said, the doctor get his hep C treatment from India a non profit called Sunny Pharma. The cost is less than a $1000 and you will be cured. He guarantees it. This was a huge relief for me and I felt so much better after hearing all of this. Now, I don’t even care about my health insurance for the time being. So, I made an appointment to see him and he said some of the depression issues are due to the virus. So, be careful and get started on treatment right away. I did exactly that, I got what was called Velpanat, I guess its the generic version of Epclusa here in the US. Within 1 week, I started feeling better and my mood was more positive. I finished my 12 weeks course and I got tested and there was no viral load that could hurt me. I went to see my psychiatrist and told him that I do not have the hep C virus anymore and I’m cured. My insurance had me get tested for hep C and there was no viral load. They believed that the body had beat the virus, some 25% of the population beats the virus without any meds. Right now I have insurance and my solopreneur is doing ok, I just have to get out and start banging on doors. I feel a lot better these days than ever before. Thanks everyone for reading my story. It really helps to get information out regarding how you feel and what you’re going through so you’re not alone. https://ama-ssn.org/africa-nigeria-dont-have-a-chance-for-hep-c-treatment-5/
My name is Mike Childress. I am 48 years old. I am being treated by Dr. Steven Lacey from Digestive Disease Consultants in Grapevine, Texas. I was feeling extremely tired and run down. I had shortness of breath and decided an EKG and full check up was in order. I went to the family doctor in mid August 99.
My Timeline with Hepatitis C
The last week of August I was in the Cincinnati airport waiting on a connecting flight to get to the Michigan NASCAR event when my cell phone rang. The nurse told me my ekg was fine but the test showed some liver abnormalities and to come in with my wife as soon as I returned. She also told me not to drink alcohol. I returned and was sent to the Hepatologist, did the biopsy and started the combo therapy resolved to give it a shot. I was an executive with The Studios at Las Colinas, an Independent Film Studio. So I told my owners and staff thinking after 20 years I could coast for 1. WRONG! Within a week I was told my job no longer required someone of my caliber and pay scale. But for a 50% reduction in base pay, no more bonus or commission, I could stay and do the same job while taking on other duties. Needless to say I am no longer employed by this fine CHRISTIAN company.
Hepatitis C Discrimination
There are many forms of discrimination in our world. I was the victim of greed discrimination. Mr. Chris Christian the owner did not want me if I had to do the hep C treatment and miss any time due to sickness or Dr. appointments. This made me bitter but I held my head high and marched out on a great career to do what was right for me and my family. They cut me off from insurance because I was too high of a risk. I know that’s not legal. They did everything but fire me. They wanted me OUT! My insurance no longer exists, I have a job (for now), I have hepatitis C, what the heck do I do. Thank God my wife’s insurance covered me, but they denied treatment for Epclusa, the velpatasvir and sofosbuvir combination. If I was a chemist, I would have made that and gave it to everyone for FREE. In my dreams. Dr. Lacey informed me about Soul of Healing, a non profit and Sunny Pharma for the generic Epclusa. I didn’t care what it was, I wanted the cure and I want to be a productive family member again. Look for another job after I’m done with the 12 weeks hep c treatment.
Gilead Generic Epclusa
I am now finishing my 12 weeks of generic Epclusa treatment and it seems to have taken hold in me. Dr. Lacey said if I hadn’t started I would be looking pretty bad right now as my liver was the worst he had treated. My lab test now make him very happy and all I think about is feeling good again. I have had very acute side effects possibly due to the advanced damage and disease. I am very happy and my family is happy. My advise is to follow your doctors order and do not fudge for any reason. I will miss the Daytona 500 this year, for the first time since 1990 even though I only have 2 week to go then. I will finish what I started, hopefully with a clean system and great hopes for all of our future. Thanks for reading. Mike Childress https://ama-ssn.org/valenes-hepatitis-c-survivor-story-9/