This is an exciting day. The Launch of Life Beyond Hepatitis C.com website and the day I begin the triple therapy treatment for Chronic Active Hepatitis C. Today I begin to document my new treatment journey through writing and video blogs once a week.
God has been preparing me for this for quite some time. Several months ago he spoke to my heart and gave me an analogy this treatment would be like climbing a mountain on a mission to kill a giant. My giant’s name is not Goliath. It is Hepatitis C. The ascent will be challenging but more than possible to reach the summit because through Christ I am a conqueror.
I am not an experienced mountain climber but I do have giant killing experience. On my own I am nothing, but with Christ He equips me to do what I cannot do on my own.
He equips me five ways:
- By the Power of His Spirit; My personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- His Word.
- Power of Prayer
- He has provided medicine for the treatment.
- His guiding me to Take Care of my Body.
God also uses the tremendous prayer support from mighty prayer warriors, family and friends. The power of love, encouragement and support are so healing. He has also placed around me outstanding doctors, nurses and medical facilities to take care of me through this journey.
This morning as I began the climb I drove a mile marker in the ground. Hepatitis C days are numbered! The Trojan horse was delivered at 8:00am . With the protease inhibitor, Incivek it is vital to consume a minimum of 20 grams or more of fat when taking the medicine.
The doctor explained to me the Incivek piggy backs on the Fat in order to be absorbed into your system so it can target the Hepatitis C virus cells and kill them. So in a matter of speaking, we are on a search and destroy mission. If you do not consume enough fat then the medicine does not work and you experience more side effects. So for 12 weeks of using the Incivek, it’s worth doing what it takes to give this the best chance possible.
This morning I started eating 2 tablespoons of peanut butter 30 minutes prior to taking the Incivek. When I took the meds I ate another tablespoon of peanut butter. Then had some extra breakfast to make sure I had enough food on my stomach to take the Ribavirin. That was 5 hours ago, (time of writing this is 1:00pm), I feel fine, doing really well so far. I’ve been drinking lots of water.
I started a Thankfulness journal this morning. Each day I am going to write at least 10 things to be thankful for while I am doing this treatment. It is important to keep focused on the blessings and what is positive.
What have you learned from a journey experience that helped you?