5 Years Beyond Hep C

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Hep C Warrior Connie Welch

5 years beyond Hep C, non-detected for the virus, and cured. It’s now been over 25 years since I was infected with Hepatitis C. It’s been long journey with ups and downs, a total of 3 Hep C treatments with the 3rd treatment in April 2012 resulting in the cure.

 

I recently had my 5 year post Hep C treatment appointment with my hepatologist Dr. Willis Maddrey M.D. at Southwestern Medical in Dallas. During that final visit to follow my Hep C journey, Dr. Maddrey said, “It’s been a long journey, but you made it. Your new diagnosis is, History of Hep C.” We discussed general health information then he proudly reviewed my blood work, all normal. For a long time my liver enzymes and viral load was big in my life. It served as a gauge for how my Hep C was doing. But no more.

Hep C Warrior Connie with Dr. Willis Maddrey M.D.

Dr. Maddrey had told me since my Hep C treatment ended in 2012 that he would follow me to 5 years post treatment. My husband Mr. Fix-It and our daughter Laurie recently went with me to see Dr. Maddrey.  They wanted say thanks for his care, and dedication to helping Hep C patients and their families.

Hep C Warrior Connie with Dr. Willis Maddrey M.D. and husband Mr. Fix-It

The last 5 years has been about building a new life. My husband, Mr. Fix-it recently said to Dr. Maddrey, “I can look forward to life ahead with my wife that I thought might not happen.” I told Dr. Maddrey he was my hero and friend for life. Well, without getting the Kleenex out I’ll tell you I said much more to him, but tears of gratitude for this good doctor’s care were shed in his office no doubt.

Mr. Willis Maddrey and Laurie Welch Clark

 

Our daughter hugged Dr. Maddrey and he said to her, “We got Mama back.” Wow! We weren’t the only ones fighting the Hep C giant, this good doctor was right there with us. We talked about how I became infected 25 years ago, (See my story) and the long journey to get to where we are now. April will always remain a huge mile marker in my life. New beginnings. New life beyond hep C. A great blessing, in which I give God all the glory, honor and praise!

Hep C Warrior Connie Welch with Dr. Willis Maddrey M.D.

Upon my release as a “former Hep C patient,” Dr. Maddrey said it’s very important for Hep C patients to continue to have follow up tests with an ultra sound once a year to be proactive against liver cancer. He mentioned Hep C patients even though you’ve been cured of the virus still have a 1 in 500 chance of developing liver cancer.

 

So even if you’ve been released from your specialist for Hep C, you still need to follow up once a year for an ultra sound. This is wise advice. A proactive step all Hep C patients need to take. If you’ve been cured from Hep C, remain proactive with taking good care of yourself and keep current with follow up tests. You’ve come too far to get beyond Hep C. Your life is precious. Live it well.

Where are you in your journey with Hep C? I’d love to hear your update and how you’re doing.

 

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To view this post or other resources, see our home page at, Life Beyond Hep C.

 

Related Posts:

Beginning Hep C Treatment; Armor Up.

 

 

 

 

 

If you care to read Connie’s 2012 Hep C journey, see the archives at the bottom of the website. Treatment time was April 9th 2012 to Sept 23rd 2012 with recovery following.

 

 

 

 

Moving Beyond Hep C with Hope.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to 5 Years Beyond Hep C

  1. Margaret Polino Nicholas April 12, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    I’m cured since September of 2015🎉, I’m so happy and especially for you! God is good! ,
    So thankful we both succeeded! Love you dear friend!

    • Connie M April 12, 2017 at 10:47 am #

      Hi Margee,
      Thank you for sharing my friend. I’m so thrilled that you received the cure after your long journey as well. God is good indeed!! You have been an outstanding Hep C Warrior and over comer!!! Thank you for always sharing encouragement and inspiration to others. You shine my friend.

      Blessings my friend,
      Connie

  2. Richard s. April 14, 2017 at 12:20 am #

    Dear Connie, as I mentioned to you, I just got out of the hospital Wednesday. I have been traveling to my place in Newport today and just read your post. God bless you my friend. I am so happy for you. You are a blessing for everyone. You are a powerful warrior for Christ. It is a honor to know you. In Christ, Richard .

    • Connie M April 14, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      Hi Richard,
      Thank you for sharing. I’m so glad they ruled out anything serious. Keep me posted on how you’re doing and how I can continue to be praying for you.

      Thank you too for your very kind words. It’s an honor to know you and serve with you my friend.

      Blessings my friend,
      Connie

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