New Hepatitis C Treatment - Week 4: Blood Work and Weight Loss
If it is found I am negative for the virus it will be declared a Rapid Viral Response (RVR). This will not mean that I am cured of Hep C but would be a great sign that the medications I’m taking are working. I will only be permanently cleared if I have a Sustained Viral Response (SVR). This is a continued undetectable viral load 6 months after the completion of treatment. During my first treatment 2 years ago I had a Rapid Viral Response and my specialist was confident would be cleared of the virus. After suffering greatly through 19 weeks on the “combination treatment” of Interferon and Ribavirin the adverse effects from therapy were becoming more risky then the effects of the disease itself at the time. Some patients with RVR’s have been reported to have a Sustained Viral Response after stopping therapy after only 12 weeks. I was advised it likely would not affect the results if I stopped at 19 weeks or continued for the last 5. My 6 months post treatment appointment was July 13th 2010. I’ll never forget that day as it was undoubtedly the worst day of my life. I walked into the specialist’s office with a huge smile on my face in great shape physically as I had fully recovered from treatment and was training harder than ever. As I thought I’d be cleared of the virus I had signed a 3 fight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) contract and was to have my first fight August 20th. I remember not thinking anything of the psychologist I’d been seeing through treatment being in his office and was telling her with enthusiasm all of my future plans.
The specialist then walked in and dropped the bombshell. The Hep C had relapsed and I had been through the torture of treatment for nothing. The deadly disease was back and my life was in danger. This destroyed me. On top of that I could not get licenced to fight MMA or even attempt another shot at my dream of wrestling in the WWE which was the career path I had been training for all my life. I sincerely hope that this treatment works and I’m not going through this hell for no reason. This is my biggest fear in life. Until next time the battle rages on.
This entry was originally published on November 23, 2012. Reprinted with permission.