I am celebrating 4 weeks of post treatment for Hepatitis C. The recovery process is amazing. I am on the road to greener pastures. I am not 100% by no means but I have come such a long way. Praise God! Just in this last week it seems like all my senses are being revived. Concentration, taste, appetite, energy, and a great desire to get things done. Daily steps are important. Concentrating on what I can do instead of what I can’t do, goes along way. You have to crawl before you walk and you have to walk before you can run.
I’ve been working on special projects that serve as Recovery Therapy. Projects are good for recovery. It’s progress with shoes on. It helps me move forward. See the article I wrote on “Target Goals: Treatment for the Treatment” under Lifeline devotionals.
Today I am reflecting back on 4 weeks ago this weekend, my last day of treatment. I thought I would share a few home photo’s with you. Here is my sweet Sister-in-love Cheryl and I at our Victory Celebration (last day of Hep C Treatment party). She is really an Angel in Camo, part of the awesome Cavalry Team.
Here we go, the last dose of Ribavirin pills! The Summit of the Hep C Treatment Mountain has been reached.
Since it was habit to take my treatment meds, I had to make a note to myself, “Final Day.” I had finished the Incivek (teleprivir) part of the triple therapy at the end of May and continued with Peg Interferon & Ribavirin, with the last dose of Ribarvirin on September 23, 2012. This notebook was kept in the Kitchen with my pills where I logged my treatment. It was like waving the victory flag writing “Final Day.”
Will treatment for hepatitis C become a distance memory? My answer, NO! This will always remain a vivid memory and a reminder of how blessed I have been and the gift I have received. The Lord held my hand and walked me through the dark valley and carried me when I couldn’t go on any further.
Once you are a Hep C Warrior, you are always a Hep C Warrior, even though the Hepatitis C Giant has been defeated. I dreamed last night that I was talking to my doctor and asking him, “So do I have Hepatitis C anymore or not?” What I am suppose to say, or feel like? Even though it was unwelcomed visitor, it has lived with me for so long I am not quite used to it being gone. I am glad it’s gone, but is it really gone?”
It was a strange dream. Unfortunately I woke up before my doctor answered. But the reality is, this is what I am feeling right now, can you relate?
When I woke up my focus began with Thanks to God for bringing me through this dark valley and His leading me onto greener pastures. This is a day by day, step by step recovery progress. He continues to show me to focus on Him and His timing for all things. I am dealing with my impatience and desire to transform from the tortoise to the hare (which is in my timing not God’s). So each day I hear Him whisper to my heart, “Connie, Cool your jets! Rest in my leading and timing for a full recovery.”
Our featured scripture for this week certainly reminds me of His message to me.
Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Any guess’s as to what I am doing for recovery therapy? Let me know your guess and stay tuned for details and photo’s of the recovery progress.
- Post Treatment for Hepatitis C Week 4: How do you spell relief?
- Post Treatment for Hepatitis C Video Update: Week 3
- Lifeline: Target Goals; Treatment for the Treatment
- Lifeline: Ten Steps to Living One Day at a Time