At the risk of sounding like a broken record - a David Bowie one at that - I have one week left till I head to Sydney to have my 12 week post end of treatment blood test. I can’t believe I’m so close to the final marker for treatment.

It’s been a long year. I’m not the person I was when I started treatment. Here’s what’s changed.

1. I’ve shared my diagnosis and treatment publicly. It’s no longer a secret and  I don’t care who knows.

2. I think I’m healthier than I was when I started. At least I will be if my liver function tests are in the ballpark of my end of treatment results.

3.  I feel better physically. The HCV-related effects that I was beginning to notice are either diminishing or have gone. My colour is better. My skin is better. My eyes look healthier. I don’t have that almost-on-the-verge-of-indigestion feeling I had a lot. The oedema I had appears to be reducing to the point where I’ve cut my medication for it in half.

4. I have more energy. I can accomplish more, certainly more than when I was on treatment.

5. I feel fortunate. I’ve been very lucky to have this opportunity. And very sick, but mostly lucky. I  know it and I am determined not to squander it.

6. I feel great gratitude. My treatment guys at St Vincents have been amazing and I remain in awe of the work they do, all day every day.

7. I have a renewed fondness for Sydney. Just as well, it’s been almost a second home for me this year.

8. I am determined to keep plugging away to do whatever I can to support universal access to these new drugs. 

9. I feel like I have some breathing room.

10. I feel like I have another shot at this whole living thing.

“There is nothing permanent except change.”
- Heraclitus