Hepatitis C Survivor  

A Diagnosis That Changed My Life

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb 

I was living the fairytale. I had finally found my Prince Charming, we had recently married. We had the house, the cars, the kids (one of mine, two of his) and a dog. We both had great jobs and life was good... Then my entire world fell apart with one phone call. It was an October afternoon in 2004 and my doctor called me at work. His words were clear and cutting. “Your liver enzymes came back elevated so we did some more tests. You have Hepatitis C. 


So There Was This 125 Pound Lap Dog

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


On Valentines Day 2003, my husband and I brought an 11 week old Rottweiler home from the local shelter. Her name was "Potter".... apparently the shelter had no idea that this dog was a she and not a he! "Potter" was regal. She carried herself like she was something special. We gave her the name of a queen... Sheba. From the beginning it appeared she was my husband's dog. She'd sleep on his chest as a puppy and he did all the training. He claimed her as his and she was, until the day I started Hep C treatment.




I Have Hepatitis C...  Now What?

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


So you have this Hep C diagnosis. What's next? Panic? Nah. This virus is a pain in the rear but there is no need to panic. The first thing I want you to remember is this: More people die with this virus than from it. I'm going to say that again and I want you to read it again because it is IMPORTANT. More people die with this virus than from it.


Quackery

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


WARNING: I am about to step on my soapbox. I am going to discuss one of my pet peeves.


Getting Ready For Treatment

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


You want to be successful in treating your Hepatitis C right? Well, to be successful in anything you need to plan accordingly. There are things you can do to make this part of your life much easier for you. If things are easy, it's more likely you will be able to get it done right? Right. Let me give you some tips to make this work for you.


The Dragon In Our Head

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


You would think that once you've treated for hepatitis c and cleared the virus, achieved SVR and considered cured that you'd be done with it right? Makes sense. It would be nice but unfortunately, most of the time, it doesn't happen that way. For most of us, an unrealistic fear remains.

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


We've all heard the phrase "Don't sweat the small stuff" but do you know what the small stuff is? If it's not going to make a difference in the world 20 years from now, it's small stuff. So basically, a lot of the stuff we fret about in our daily lives is small stuff. I want you to think about all the things you've either worried about, argued over or just stressed on in the past 48 hours.  In the grand scheme of things, was it small stuff? I bet a lot of it was.


Ignorance.  Complete Ignorance And From Unlikely Places

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


You know, I could do an entire series of articles on the ignorance that we run up against in the HCV arena. This just may very well be the first of many. Every so often, something in the Hepatitis C world fires me up. Today was one of those days. Today it was this article from the Las Vegas Review Journal that someone posted on one of the Hepatitis C groups.  I want to address some of the BS in this article:


M​ore Ignorance And This Time It's From An Entire Country

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


Most all of us, at some time or another, have had thoughts about what would happen after we die. When you get a diagnosis of hepatitis C those death thoughts kind of smack you in the face. Some people have life insurance policies and have even made funeral arrangements or at least spoke with family members about what their last wishes would be. The average person would want things to go as smoothly as possible so their family and friends could move thru the grieving process under the best of circumstances.

Does Your Doctor Know Enough About Hepatitis C Treatment?

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb


I hate the thought that I even need to address this but more and more I am hearing from Hep C patients that their doctors are clueless. It appears that with this virus the Hep C patient needs to be their own advocate. The more you know about your virus and the treatments available the easier it will be to spot the gaping holes in a doctors Hep C knowledge base.  

It's One Of Those Side Effects From Treatment

Written By: Teri Gottlieb


There is a side effect from Interferon treatment that isn't talked about much... It's what Peg-Interferon can do to your teeth, and it's not good.


When I was a kid, my parents were really strict about me taking care of my teeth. I went to the dentist twice a year without fail, they spent $1,400 on braces for me (back in 1970 that was a boat load of money) and made sure I brushed regularly. Habits that I carried into adulthood. When I was in my teens and early 20's my teeth were cleaned 4 times a year... I went religiously every 3 months to get my teeth cleaned. I had beautiful teeth. Operative word here, HAD.


Treatment, Doctors, Family And More....


Written By: Teri Gottlieb


Over the past few years, I have been involved with so many of you as you have dealt with your diagnosis of Hepatitis C or started treatment, gone through treatment or completed treatment. I want all of you to know that I am right there with you. I feel your pain and your frustration as you go through this process.


One Of The Best Things

Written By: Teri Gottlieb


Since the time that I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, I knew that I had to turn it into something positive. I didn't know exactly what that positive was going to be right away, but I knew it was in there somewhere. I just had to find it. About halfway thru my treatment, when I stopped asking "Why me?" and started saying "Why NOT me?" I found my positive.