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Sept 2011 Roll Call - Introduce yourself !
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
The last "Introduce Yourself" was three years ago !

Community members, new and old, introduce yourself here.

I'm Haylen, your board moderator. While I don't have hepatitis, I do have experience across many health communities. I hope to make your experience here informative and have some OT (off topic) fun as well.

My avatar photo is of my daughters ages three and six. I live in Southern California and am originally from Oklahoma.

So tell me and your fellow community members a little about YOU!

hdhepper1 responded:
Hi, I'm Glenn...I'm a Hepper! I contracted hep C from a blood transfusion in 1969, diagnosed in May 2001. I did 26 weeks of 3 shots per week combo treatment starting in Aug '01, completed it in Jan '02. Still UNDETECTABLE!! Shortly after completing treatment I co-founded a hepatitis C support group and facilitated the meetings for 6 years. I currently moderate 2 on-line hep C Yahoo groups and keep certified as a hep C basic educator through HCSP and HCV Advocate. See ya around, Glenn
billm57 replied to hdhepper1's response:
hi - im bill - diagnosed in 05 with type 1a / cirrhosis - have since treated 3 times to no avail with pegintron pegasys and infergen - ive registered with a transplant clinic but im planning on treating one more time with the triple therapy - my chances are still slim due to poor interferon sensitivity borderline decomp cirrhosis steatosis and diabetes (insulin resistant ) etc etc etc - i wish i had time to wait for treatment without interferon - i might but the hepatologist is not so hopeful - maybe the 4th times a charm
hawgfan responded:
I'm Bill, an Arkansas Razorback fan. Diagnosed in '96, did 6 mos of shots 3/week - non responder. Currently 27 weeks into my 48 week tx of pegasys & ribapak. Still not-detected. Side fx not fun but definitely not as bad as a lot of folks. I have found some new friends on this journey: Celexa, Lunesta, & Flexeril.
TriPacerGran responded:
Hello, I'm Ann and I am a 67 year old diagnoised with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) in January 2011. The treatment I received has improved my blood counts so they are now in the normal range. I'm hoping things will continue to improve.

My avatar photo is of me standing in front of our 1956 Piper Tri-pacer 4-seater. We still own the plane but my husband doesn't have a current medical so he can't fly it. When he did fly we went everywhere; mostly to eat. We've been married for 47 years and live in Wilmington, NC. I'm a computer geek. Last job was a Principal Computer Software Engineer. My 13 year old Grandson and I have a lot in common. I gave him all my computer programming manuals when I retired. I can still sometimes beat him at Mario Kart on the Nintendo DS. I have two grown daughters; one in Williamsburg, VA and the other in Asheville, NC and 4 Grandchildren. My favorite thing to do is quilt/sew and my favorite color is red.

That's about it.
Later, Ann
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to TriPacerGran's response:
Welcome everyone! Glenn, I like your spunk. So glad you are here. I'm sure you have tons of knowledge to share.

Ann, congratulations on 47 years of marriage! I celebrated my 11th Anniversary yesterday. I have a fondness for computer geeks

Bill, I'm an Oklahoma State Cowboy! We may have to agree to disagree during football this year!

Billm57, 4th time is a charm for sure. Sending positive thoughts your way.

billm57 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
thanks haylen - much appreciated
laurrob51 responded:
Hi I'm Laura 59 year old female with genotype 1a. I'll begin my triple tx tomorrow night. Wish me luck!
OLDTIFF47 replied to laurrob51's response:

sharinghope responded:
Hi I'm Tracie and was diagnosed with genotype 1 in 2009. I went through 11 months of treatment but it was not successful. I am now on Interferon again and will be starting Boceprevir in 2 weeks. This has felt like such a lonely disease to me until now. I do not have access to a computer all the time but it helps to know there is a place to come to where people can relate to how I'm feeling. This round of Interferon seems so much easier than the first one. Hope it continues that way.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to sharinghope's response:
Hi Tracie and welcome!

I'm so glad you are here...make sure to visit as often as possible when you're able. I know you'll get the support and information here that you need.

Have a great day -


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