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Programs Available to Help Pay for Treatment

Many resources exist to help Hep C patients and their families get the proper medical and treatment assistance they need. It is important to understand the potential out of pocket expenses for treatment.

Check with your insurance company regarding coverage.  There is help for you if you don’t have insurance or need help with co-pays with your insurance coverage, or if you have been denied treatment from your insurance company.

You can contact the pharmaceutical companies and patient assistance programs, to find out which assistance is right for your needs.

If one resource isn’t right for you, keep going until you find the resource you need.  Be proactive and persistent. The right help is out there for you.

Generic Hepatitis C Treatment for Eplusa & Harvoni

Asegua Therapeutics (Gilead Sciences subsidiary). Drugs covered: Generic form of Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) and Generic form of Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir). 

Contact Information: 855-7MY-PATH (855-769-7284) or www.MySupportPath.com: Asegua Therapeutics:

Asegua/Support program offers co-pay assistance and free drug programs for those meeting eligibility requirements.

For Help with Hepatitis C Treatments: Harvoni/Epclusa/Sovaldi/Vosevi

Gilead the pharmaceutical makers Harvoni (sofosbuvir, ledipasvir) and Epclusa (sofosbuvir, velpatasvir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), and Vosevi (sofosbuvir/velapatasvir/voxilaprevir) for Hep C Treatment, have stated in their press release and on their website that they will assist those who cannot afford  Hep C treatment through their program, Support Path. 

Support Path assists eligible hepatitis C patients in the United States who do not have insurance, are underinsured or who otherwise need financial assistance to gain coverage for or access to Harvoni, Epclusa or Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Vosevi.  The program consists of an integrated offering of support services for patients and providers. Services include:

  • Access to dedicated case managers to help patients and their providers with insurance-related needs.
  • Education and support, including a 24/7 nursing support service line.
  • The Sovaldi Co-pay Coupon Program, which provides co-pay assistance for eligible patients with private insurance who need assistance paying for out-of-pocket medication costs. Most patients will pay no more than $5 per co-pay.
  • Gilead will provide support to the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that provides assistance for eligible federally-insured and privately-insured patients who need help covering out-of-pocket medication costs.
  • The Support Path Patient Assistance Program will provide Harvoni, Epclusa, Sovaldi, or Vosevi at no charge for eligible patients with no other insurance options.

To learn more about My Support Path see:  please call, 1-855-769-7284, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm Eastern time.

For Help with Hepatitis C Treatment: Mavyret

AbbVie Patient Assistance: The AbbVie Patient Assistance Foundation believes that people who need AbbVie medicines should be able to get them. We understand the challenges people face and are here to help. The Foundation provides AbbVie medicines at no cost to people experiencing financial difficulties.  Contact: abbviepaf.org/index.cfm or Call 1-800-222-6885 Monday through Friday 8am-5pm CST.

Assistance program for: Mavyret (glecaprevir + pibrentasvir). Also for: Moderiba (ribavirin) Contact: see: or 877-628-9738 or for Moderiba contact: 844-663-3742 or For Help with Hepatitis C Treatment: Daklinza

Bristol-Myers Squibb, the makers of Daklinza: SUPPORT AND FINANCIAL HELP

Patient Support Connect

Bristol-Myers Squibb is pleased to offer you the support you need when you need it

  • Care Counselors available Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm ET at 844-44-CONNECT (844-442-6663)
  • Get more information about a co-pay program for eligible patients and help with insurance
  • Pharmacist and nurse* assistance answering general questions about Daklinza (daclatasvir)
  • Additional after-hours support

*The nurse or pharmacist cannot provide medical advice. Your healthcare provider is the best source for information about your health.

Visit PatientSupportConnect.com for more information on these services, including Eligibility Requirements and Terms of Use, and to request a co-pay card.

Help for Hepatitis C Treatment for Zepatier by Merck

Eligible privately insured patients may pay as little as $5 per qualifying prescription of ZEPATIER. The maximum benefit is 25% of the catalog price of ZEPATIER (as set by the manufacturer at the time of purchase) per prescription. The coupon is not insurance.

If eligible, follow these steps to save on each qualifying prescription of ZEPATIER:

For Help with Hepatitis C Treatments that include Peginterferon and/or Ribavirin

Genentech/Roche: Genentech-access.com/patients. For medications: Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a)and Copegus (ribavirin). We are committed to helping people get access to Genentech medicines whenever possible. Genentech Access Solutions offers coverage support, patient assistance, and other useful information to help you along the way.

We offer a full range of programs and services to meet the needs of patients and are here to help when one of our medicines is prescribed.

Genentech Access Solutions can help you manage payments for your prescribed Genentech medicines. We can work with you if:

  • You have no health care plan
  • Your health care plan turned down paying for your medicine
  • You have a high co-pay or co-insurance

GENENTECH ACCESS SOLUTIONS SUPPORT LINE
6 a.m.-5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday   Call (866) 4Access or (866) 422-2377, or (888)-941-3331

For Help with Hepatitis C Treatment that includes Ribavirin

Kadmon Pharmaceuticals (Keys Program)for Ribasphere RibaPak (ribavirin, USP) in combination with peginterferon alfa-2a is indicated for the treatment of adults with chronic hepatitis C virus infection who have compensated liver disease and have not been previously treated with interferon alpha.  Contact: or Call: 1-888-668-3393.

For Moderiba (ribavirin, USP) is a prescription medicine used with another medicine called peginterferon alfa-2a to treat chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C infection in people whose liver still works normally, and who have not been treated before with a medicine called interferon alpha. Contact: moderiba.com/patient-support/financial or Call: 1-844-MODERIBA or 1-844-663-3742.

For Ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol, Ribasp) to be used in combination with Hep C treatment. with Interferon alfa. Discount Coupons are available through this website, GoodRx.com  See locations and different coupons available for discounted prices.

Additional Resources to Help with All Hepatitis C Treatment & Healthcare

American Liver Foundation For additional Financial Assistance Resources see the American Liver Foundation Support Guide.  Click on American Liver Foundation Support and look for the Financial Assistance Resource Booklet to download.

Clinical Trials are another way to obtain treatment and care. To find out information about clinical trials in your location visit: Clinical Trials.gov

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy: See: diplomatpharmacy.com  or Call toll-free:877-977-9118. Dedicated funding specialists ready to help you find financial assistance. There are many external foundations and grants that exist to help patients afford their medications. In 2013, Diplomat secured more than $24 million for patients in prescription co-pay assistance from external partners.

Good Days from CDF (Chronic Disease Fund): Good Days from Chronic Disease Fund.org.  Good Days from CDF, formerly known as Chronic Disease Fund, exists to improve the health and quality of life of patients with chronic disease, cancer, or other life-altering conditions. The cost of medications to treat chronic disease can be staggering, adding to the despair and suffering of these patients. At Good Days, our mission is to ensure no one has to choose between getting the medication they need and affording the necessities of everyday living.

We help patients suffering from chronic medical conditions who have limited financial means get access to the medications they need. Our program helps qualified patients pay their insurance co-pays so they can get immediate access to prescription medications that will give them relief from pain and suffering. We know you have many questions and hope you find some comfort and answers here.

To contact Good Days (Chronic Disease Fund) Email: info@mygooddays.org  or contact at  Toll-Free Patient Information: (877) 968-7233 Main Number: (972) 608-7141

Healthwell Foundation: The HealthWell Foundation  financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, healthcare premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies. If you’ve been prescribed a medication and your insurance company covers it, but you still cannot afford the coinsurance or copayment required, we may be able to assist you by paying for part of your costs associated with the medication. Also, if you are eligible for health insurance, but cannot afford the insurance premium, we may be able to assist with your insurance premium. Phone: (800) 675-8416.

HealthCare.gov: healthcare.gov

Help-4-Hep: / or call: 877-HELP4HEP (877)-435-7443

Help-4-Hep is a non-profit, peer to peer helpline where counselors work with patients to meet the challenges of hepatitis C. Help-4-Hep provides information and resources about finding financial help to pay for low-cost testing, finding a free or low-cost clinic, or financial help for treatment. They may also help with locating doctors and support groups. Services are provided free of charge.

Hepatitis A & B Vaccines Assistance Programs: There is no vaccine for protection against Hepatitis C but patients with Hepatitis C need to be protected with the vaccines for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B virus. The makers of HAV (Hepatitis A Virus) and HBV (Hepatitis B Virus) vaccines offer patient assistance programs with low-cost and free vaccines.

Contact:  Merck-VAQTA-Hepatitis A vaccine see: RECOMBRIVAX HB-Hepatitis B vaccine see:  Or Call 1-800-293-3881.

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Contact: GSK Vaccines Access Program is a patient assistance program sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline that provides GlaxoSmithKline vaccines to adult applicants who meet eligibility requirements. This program does not constitute health insurance. For GSK-HAVRIX-Hepatitis A vaccine; ENGERIX-B Hepatitis B vaccine; TWINRIX-combination of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccine.  GSK-vap.com/ or Call 1-877-822-2911.

Medicare: Medicare.gov

Needy Meds is a nonprofit organization that assists individuals who cannot afford medicine or health care costs. Program: Free or low-cost clinic locator is an online locator to find clinics that offer free or low-cost health services and offer sliding scale fees based on the individual’s income.

For Eligibility: Contact needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf or Needy Meds Inc. P.O. Box 219 Gloucester, MA 01931 or website: needymeds.org  or Call: 1-800-503-6897.

Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (ODPHP): Health.gov  The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) plays a vital role in keeping the nation healthy.

Patient Access Network Foundation: (PAN) 1-866-316-7263/panfoundation.org

Patient Access Network Foundation offers help to patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses to help with medical treatments they cannot afford.

Patient Advocate Foundation: For Hepatitis C Careline: Patient Advocate.org  Patient Advocate Foundation’s Hepatitis C CareLine is a patient/provider hotline designed to provide assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and are seeking education and access to care.Phone: (800) 532-5274 or see: www.hepatitisc.pafcareline.org 

Patient Advocate Foundation for Co-Pay Relief: Copays.org/diseases/hepatitis-c or Call 1-866-512-3861.

Patient Assistance Program (PAP) See: Patient Assistance Program for Rx Assistance or call: 1-855-889-3707

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. Phone: 1-888-477-2669 or website: or low-cost clinic locator is an online locator to find clinics that offer free or low-cost health services and offer sliding scale fees based on the individual’s income.

See www.pparx.org/en/prescription_assistance_programs/free_clinic finder.

Rx Assist: Rx Assist.org. Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place.

Rx Outreach: Rxoutreach.org. We are a nonprofit charity that provides critical medicine for people who can’t afford it. We offer more than 500 medications through our mail order pharmacy delivered to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. With the support of generous donors, we help more than 85,000 people each year get the medications they need to stay healthy. Call: 1-800-769-3880

Social Security Disability Other resources are available if you need to apply for Social Security Medical Disability. Click on www.ssa.gov/disability/ Be sure to type in Hepatitis C and see additional information for qualifying.   Put on your investigator hat and dive into the many resources that are offered.  Never give up until you find the right doors open for you.

The Simple Dollar: Article on Social Security Disability Benefits Guide: Social Security Disability Benefits Guide.

Social Security disability benefits can provide for your family when an injury, illness, or disability prevents you from working and earning an income. Applying for these benefits is often seen as a cumbersome process, however, requiring several steps, a slew of complicated paperwork, and even in-person hearings.

This guide will explain how Social Security disability benefits work while helping you determine whether your disability, illness or chronic condition is enough to qualify. We’ll walk you through each step of the process, and tell you what to expect during each stage of your Social Security disability application. Meanwhile, our disability benefits calculator will help you get an estimate of how much you might collect from Social Security disability or SSI if your case is approved.

 Together Rx Access: Togetherrxaccess.com With Together Rx Access®, individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can gain access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products at their neighborhood pharmacies. Through this website, we also connect you with resources about the Health Insurance Marketplace, the Affordable Care Act, individual pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs, and other patient assistance resources.

VA (Veteran’s Administration): See article and information: VA Working to Cure Veterans of Hepatitis C.

also see: For Free Care and Low Cost for Medical Care

  • Veteran’s Spouses, Dependents and Survivors Eligibility for Medical Care and Treatment:
  • Free or Low-Cost Health Care and Medicine:
  • How to find low-cost health care in your community:
  • For Rural and Remote Area patients:
  • National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics:
  • Free Low Cost/Sliding Scale Clinics:
  • Finding Help for Cost of Medicine:

Never give up fighting the good fight. Persevere with persistence until you find the help that’s right for you.

Do you have a question about Hepatitis C Treatment? Share your comments below.

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

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Hep C treatment can be filled with good, bad and sometimes ugly days. Not all Hep C patients have the same treatment experience. Hep C treatment has made tremendous improvements from a few short years ago.

Mainstream Hep C treatment today no longer includes interferon, which makes a huge difference in the severity of Hep C treatment side effects.

Fatigue is still the common thread that runs through the majority of Hep C treatment today. Other side effects are general and can cycle throughout treatment. The lessons I learned throughout my entire Hep C treatment journey will stay with me for a lifetime, which I am grateful. I related my treatment journey to climbing a mountain. I look back on these days and see the hand of Jesus at work.

No matter where Hep C patients are in their journey with Hep C, we can gain strength and hope to get beyond Hep C by leaning on the rock.  Please join me as I share a snippet from my 2012 Hep C treatment journey of 6 months.

Lead me to the Rock; Day 92, July 9th, 2012

“Today is day 92, beginning week 14 of Hep C treatment, another Mile Marker Monday and the beginning of a new week. Each day the climb continues, each week another level is reached.

There are days when I think I can’t take one more step on this journey and I have to stop, rest, check my compass to see where my thoughts are leading me. We are very driven by what we focus on.

This scripture is very true, “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NCV

This last week I’ve dealt with very low energy, intestinal issues, breaking out with skin irritations, and spent majority of the time in bed. When I was tired and sick, I found my thoughts starting to drift toward the “what if’s” and that’s not a happy place. It’s like traveling through a mental minefield. When you physically feel bad you’re more easily lured into a mental minefield. That is when we especially need to be on alert.

Above my desk, there is a card with a tremendous nugget,

Nothing AHEAD of you is bigger or stronger than the POWER of God BEHIND you.” @ConnieMWelch

Have you experienced going through a mental minefield with Hep C? Can you relate to experiencing anticipation or anxiety with Hep C treatment?

 

Share your comments below.

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

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Hep C Courage.

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Welcome to “Hep C Warriors Friday Forum Support Group” here at Life Beyond Hepatitis C. If you or a loved one are battling Hep C, YOU are a Hep C Warrior!

Hep C Warrior’s go through many phases of battle. No matter where you are in your journey with battling Hep C you have a support group here who understands.

If this is your first time to join us, don’t be shy, jump in; ask a question, share a helpful treatment tip, ask for prayer, share a scripture that has brought you strength and comfort or shout out encouragement, the important thing is to share what is on your heart.

Just post in the comment section below and be sure to check back to see if anyone has replied to your comment. Feel free to keep the conservation going and reply. This is how we communicate with each other on the forum. We care about you and your thoughts.

As always, if you would like to contact me privately, feel free. Prior to posting a link to any website, please contact me. Thanks!

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5 Ways to Pack Hep C Bags

I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of Hep C hanging around, can you relate? I wanted to hang out the NO VACANCY sign on my body and give Hep C the boot. I was on treatment for Hep C, when it dawned on me, each day on treatment represented packing Hep C’s bags and moving it out.

I kept that visual image as my treatment continued, each week more Hep C bags were packed and stacked by the door to get the final boot.

Where are you on your journey?  Can you see Hep C suitcases open and being packed each week?  That is what each day of Hep C treatment represents along with each healthy proactive thing you do.

Here are Five Ways to pack Hep C Bags

  1. First and foremost, taking good care of yourself.  8 Ways to Fight Hepatitis C.
  2. See your doctor on a regular basis for physical exams, updated blood work, and tests.  Knowledge is powerful.
  3. Treatment for Hepatitis C.  Now more than ever more options are available for treatment with higher cure rates.
  4. Reliance on Faith in God and His strength every step of the way.
  5. Can Do-Never Give Up Attitude.  Attitude is everything.

Don’t allow Hep C to take over your house (your body).  Hepatitis C lives with you.  You Don’t live with it!

 “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

 “I am still confident of this, I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14

“Perseverance is more than endurance.  It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen.”  ~Oswald Chambers~

How about you, where are you in your journey with Hep C?

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April 30, 2019, the U.S. FDA approved hepatitis C treatment Mavyret for Children from ages 12 to 17 with all genotypes. Mavyret made by AbbVie was approved for adults in 2017.

Jeffrey Murray, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the Division of Antiviral Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research stated, “Direct-acting antiviral drugs reduce the amount of HCV in the body by preventing the virus from multiplying, and in most cases, they cure HCV infection. Today’s approval represents another treatment option for children and adolescents with HCV infection, but for the first time, in all genotypes of HCV.”

Mavyret is approved for the treatment of adult or pediatric patients 12 years and older, or who weigh a minimum of 99 pounds. Mavyret is a treatment option for all genotypes and patients without cirrhosis or with compensated (mild) cirrhosis.

Clinical Trial

The safety and efficacy of Mavyret in pediatric patients with hepatitis C were evaluated through clinical research trials of 47 patients with genotypes 1, 2, 3, or 4, without cirrhosis and with mild (compensated) cirrhosis.

Cure Rate Results & Treatment Duration

Clinical results demonstrated 100 percent of patients who were treated for 8 or 16 weeks reported non-detected for the hepatitis C virus and received an SVR12 (sustained virologic response) 12 weeks after completing treatment which is considered cured.

Treatment length depends on previous treatment history, genotype, and cirrhosis status.

For Cirrhosis/Kidney Transplant /Liver Transplant/Genotype 5, 6

The safety and efficacy of Mavyret in pediatrics with cirrhosis, history of kidney and/or liver transplant, or those with genotype 5, or 6 are supported by previous clinical trial research with adults.

Treatment Side Effects

Treatment side effects of Mavyret were reported to be the same as in adults. Common side effects which are; headache, fatigue, nausea, and some with diarrhea. The most common side effects reported were headache and fatigue.

Not Recommended For

Mavyret is not recommended for pediatrics with moderate to severe cirrhosis. Mavyret should not be used on pediatrics taking the drugs atazanavir and rifampin.

Caution

For adult patients with a co-infection of hepatitis C and hepatitis B, hepatitis B has been reported reactive with hepatitis C treatment with direct-acting antivirals and those not receiving hepatitis B antiviral treatment. Hepatitis B reactivation in patients being treated with hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals can result in serious liver problems or death in some patients.

It is recommended all patients be tested for hepatitis B before starting treatment with Mavyret.

Do you have a question or comment about hepatitis C treatment? Share your comments below.

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How do you handle anxiety with hepatitis C and liver disease or when things don’t go right with life in general?

We all deal with drama and anxiety. Drama from outside circumstances. Drama from people. Even drama from how we choose to respond to a situation. Drama, it’s the stuff anxiety is made of. It can escalate your blood pressure in a split second.

Anxiety normally stems from worry, and fear, circumstances that can rock our world and try to rob us of peace. Anxiety, worry, fear, dread, anger, and disappointment, they all hang out together.

Here’s instruction and encouragement come from God’s Word in a small but mighty verse found in Isaiah 7:4, “Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart…”

This scripture jumps off the page at us with a resounding message, Keep your head. Keep your focus. Don’t allow your emotions to be in control. You have a choice on how to respond to drama and anxiety when the terrible awful comes to visit. Keep calm and carry on.

The first step in keeping calm and de-escalating drama and anxiety is prayer. Turn to Jesus who can help you when the rough winds of anxiety are blowing in your life. He knows your heart. He knows how you feel. Pray to see beyond the moment. Beyond the emotions. Beyond the anxiety and circumstances.

Keep on praying. Keep the faith. Lift up your anxiety and expectations to Jesus with open hands and ask Him to help you from a God grounded perspective and not your own. Don’t allow your emotions to sit behind the wheel of your life and steer you in all kinds of directions.

Take a deep breath. Lift up your heart and pray. Keep your eyes focused on the one who can give you what the world can’t, peace in the midst of the storm.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Remember this truth, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” Isaiah 7:9

Do you feel like you’ve fallen my friend? If so, reach out to Jesus to pull you up out of the pit. He’ll lift you up.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 This anchor is faith. It’s Jesus.

This truth applies for whatever you’re dealing with, “For this I have Jesus!”

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Welcome to “Hep C Warriors Friday Forum Support Group” here at Life Beyond Hepatitis C. If you or a loved one are battling Hep C, YOU are a Hep C Warrior!

Hep C Warrior’s go through many phases of the battle. No matter where you are in your journey with battling Hep C you have a support group here who understands.

If this is your first time to join us, don’t be shy, jump in; ask a question, share a helpful treatment tip, ask for prayer, share a scripture that has brought you strength and comfort or shout out encouragement, the important thing is to share what is on your heart.

Just post in the comment section below and be sure to check back to see if anyone has replied to your comment. Feel free to keep the conservation going and reply. This is how we communicate with each other on the forum. We care about you and your thoughts.

As always, if you would like to contact me privately, feel free. Prior to posting a link to any website, please contact me. Thanks!

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Dealing with Challenges with Hepatitis C

Challenges can come in all shapes and sizes with hepatitis C. They can be similar but different for every person and their family.

*Emotional stress with diagnosis, treatment or recovery

*Medical: Finding the right doctor and developing your healthcare team, fighting through the healthcare system

*Insurance; with or without medical insurance

*Finances

*Relationship difficulties and hepatitis C/liver disease

*Lack of support

*Fear-afraid of the what-if’s, future and details of treatment or recovery

These are just a few challenges that can be there. But, just as there are challenges, there are also productive and proactive ways to deal with them.

*Instead of focusing on the challenge or obstacle, don’t allow the challenge to be a roadblock or stopping point toward moving forward with good health decisions.

*Focus on options and the solution and the action steps you need to take to overcome the challenge.

*Pray and ask for God’s help. Also, ask God to help you see this challenge from His perspective and not your own. Spend time in God’s Word and seek what He says.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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The liver is a vital organ which performs life-sustaining functions for the body. If the liver becomes diseased or damaged where it can no longer function, a person’s life is at risk. Hepatitis C, cirrhosis and liver cancer are the major contributors to liver transplants in the U.S. Two Types of Liver Transplants

There are two types of liver transplants. The most common is a liver transplant from a deceased donor. Living-donor liver transplants are another option.

Tradition Liver Transplant

Tradition liver transplant from a deceased donor involves the patient being put on a liver transplant list and receiving a MELD score which evaluates their need for transplant as they wait. The average wait time for a patient to receive a liver in the U.S. is 20 months from the time they are given a MELD score and wait for a liver to become available.

Once a deceased liver becomes available for the patient and is a right match, the deceased donor’s entire liver is used for transplant.

Living Donor Liver Transplant

For living-donor liver transplant, a live person donates a portion of their healthy liver to the patient whose liver no longer functions properly. The liver then regenerates itself to normal size and function for the patient as well as the donor within weeks to months.

The American Society of Transplantation states, “In the U.S., more than 17,500 patients are waiting to receive a liver. Every day more patients are added to the waiting list. More than 6,000 patients receive transplanted livers each year, but more than 1,700 patients die each year while waiting for a liver.”

Benefits of Living Donor Liver Transplants

Living-donor liver transplant patients can receive a liver from a live donor long before their liver fails. It has shorter wait time with evaluation and surgery that can be scheduled ahead, plus many advantages to consider with a living-donor liver transplant.

The Mayo-Clinic reports the advantage of living donor liver transplant means the recipients often have better short-term survival rates. But comparing long-term results is difficult because people who receive a living donor liver usually have a shorter wait for a transplant and aren’t as sick as those who receive a deceased donor liver.

Requirements of Living Donor Liver Transplants

The Mayo-Clinic states, “Living-donors have to go through a series of medical and psychological evaluation at a transplant center. Separate transplant teams will care for the donor and recipient during the evaluation process and will discuss the potential benefits and risks of the procedure in detail.”

Living donors are normally younger, healthy adults whose weight, and blood type, and organ size are compatible with the patient. There are additional risks and considerations the transplant team will evaluate and discuss with both the living donor and recipient.

The American Society of Transplant for Living Liver Donation states these requirements for living donors:

*Be at least 18 years old. Most donors are under 60 years old.

*Be in good health with no major medical or mental illness.

*Be a non-smoker for at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to surgery.

*Be able to understand and follow instructions before and after surgery.

*Have a compatible blood type.

*Have a similar body size.

*Be able to go through certain medical tests like blood work, radiology studies, and possibly a liver biopsy.

Recovery from Surgery

Recovery time can differ with each patient. General recovery time from surgery can take 4 weeks to several months. The donor usually can return to work within 8 to 10 weeks if recovery goes well. Continued blood tests and additional testing will continue for a while in recovery to monitor liver function for the donor as well as the recipient.

If you are interested in a living-donor liver transplant as a donor or recipient talk to your physician and discuss the risks and advantages for your condition.

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Healing from Hep C is a process. No doubt mine came from the inside out. My healing from Hep C began with an emotional, mental and spiritual step that impacted the rest of my life.

It began with the healing of my heart in the process of forgiveness toward the one who gave me Hep C. For a long time I referred to him as “the violator.” I had to get over the shock and realization of how the selfish act of one person could alter my life.  See Connie’s Hep C Journey.

Forgiveness is not always easy. Hurt can run deep, especially when there is no apology, no remorse over thoughtless words or actions. And at times it’s harder to forgive ourselves than to forgive others. Regrets can run deep also.

Many times people don’t know the “whole facts” involving how Hep C is transmitted and say or do things which cause emotional wounds. No matter how someone was infected with Hep C, there is no excuse for others to use unkind words or actions. The golden rule still rings true, “Treat others the way you wish to be treated.”

May I add, kindness goes a long way in helping the Hep C patient in their healing process. Emotional stress affects us physically. In healing from Hep C, we need all the help we can get.

As Hep C patients how do we heal from emotional hurt? Here’s how I went from anger to forgiveness and healing from deep trauma.

After the shock wore off from my Hep C diagnosis, the horror story unfolded of how I was infected, my husband said to me, “No matter what, we need to forgive this man.” I fired back an ungracious response, “Well, maybe you can forgive him but I can’t.” The words “I can’t” ran deep. “I can’t” was woven tightly together with “I won’t.”

I harbored my anger and stewed in it, but it brought me no relief, no peace. In fact, my anger, deepen to resentment, and bitterness which lead to a dark place of torment that played over and over in my mind. There were no apologies, no remorse, which heaped insult to injury. Wrestling with unforgiveness is a hard way to live, it sucks precious joy out of life.

I finally got to the place where I was willing to be made willing to let go.

I prayed, “Lord, you know how hard this has been and only you know what’s ahead of me. I’m just being honest, the feelings are not there. I don’t “feel” like forgiving this man, but I know your word tells me it’s what I need to do regardless of my emotions. I know you suffered and died for him, just like you did for me and you love us both the same. This hurt is hard to let go of Lord, but help me to do what I can’t do on my own. Help me to forgive beyond my emotions. Help me to release this. In Jesus name, I ask and pray.”

I would love to tell you I raised my head from this prayer and forgiveness flooded my heart, but that’s not how it happened. Every day in spite of “not feeling it” I prayed this prayer. I continued praying day after day, weeks into months. And like healing from a deep wound happens day by day. Piece by piece, forgiveness came and took anger’s place.

The tight grip I had on bitterness and anger toward this man was released. The hardness of my heart melted and one day it dawned on me how free I felt. I was no longer filled with resentment, instead, I was filled with peace. By laying all this in Jesus’ hands and truly letting go, I was able to move forward in my life.

Christ taught me an incredible lesson, forgiveness doesn’t come because we feel like it. We first have to take the step of faith and keep walking in it no matter what and trust him with the outcome. Jesus went to the cross out of love and obedience to the Father. He prayed, “Abba Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36

Sometimes it takes praying a hard prayer, “Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours.” Grace is a continual gift He gives to us and so we are to give the same to others.

What are you wrestling with in your life? Are you holding onto hurt?   Share your comments below. 

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

4 Steps to Peace

More to read:

Moving Beyond Hep C with Hope

Hepatitis C Treatment Journey; Facing the Giants Wholeheartedly

8 Ways to Fight Hepatitis C

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Welcome to “Hep C Warriors Friday Forum Support Group” here at Life Beyond Hepatitis C. If you or a loved one are battling Hep C, YOU are a Hep C Warrior!

Hep C Warrior’s go through many phases of battle. No matter where you are in your journey with battling Hep C you have a support group here who understands.

If this is your first time to join us, don’t be shy, jump in; ask a question, share a helpful treatment tip, ask for prayer, share a scripture that has brought you strength and comfort or shout out encouragement, the important thing is to share what is on your heart.

Just post in the comment section below and be sure to check back to see if anyone has replied to your comment. Feel free to keep the conservation going and reply. This is how we communicate with each other on the forum. We care about you and your thoughts.

As always, if you would like to contact me privately, feel free. Prior to posting a link to any website, please contact me. Thanks!

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Anxiety & Worry

We’re told in God’s Word, the Bible, to be careful the company we keep. They often influence us more than we influence them. In other words, they can lead us down a path that causes us to drift from a close relationship with God and influence our thoughts and actions.

The company we keep can be physical relationships but there’s also mental company we need to be aware of and alert.

There are two sorts that often knock at our door with hepatitis C and liver disease, Anxiety, and Worry. When they come knocking, it’s best not to let me them, and for goodness sake, don’t let them settle in. They will tie you in knots and wreak havoc in your life.

When we open the door of our mind to worry, we shut faith in a room and lock the door. For we cannot entertain both in the same room. Worry sings the song of “what if’s.” It is mentally and emotionally exhausting. It crawls into bed with us disturbing our rest.

Worry is bad company and it dances with shadows of doubt, dividing our thoughts. Worry invites hopelessness and despair. Truth spoke and said, “To Worry and Despair is to turn your back on God.” Unlock the door to Faith and let the light of God’s truth shine. God said, “Let there be light.” So, let it shine in every area of your life.

 

Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27 NIV

 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

 

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV

 

 Are you dealing with anxiety and worry?

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There is a numerous way to help your liver function better while your battling hepatitis C and liver disease. Everything you consume and exposed to is processed by your liver. It’s important to know what’s a friend or foe to your liver.

First and foremost, if you’ve never been tested for hepatitis C you need to be. Testing is a simple blood test from your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis C, it’s important to be seen by a physician who specializes in liver disease like a hepatologist or gastroenterologist.

Seek treatment for hepatitis C. The best way to avoid complications and stop further liver damage from occurring is to eliminate the virus with treatment.

With your liver specialist, more tests can be run to determine the condition of your liver and what hepatitis C treatment is best suited for you. Being treated for hepatitis C is one of the best ways to help your liver.

There are more proactive ways you can help your liver. The American Liver Foundation states a healthy diet helps with a healthy liver. Learning what is healthy to eat and what to avoid is plays an important role in liver health.

What Helps Your Liver

Drinking lots of water prevents dehydration, helps flush toxins out of your body plus helps your liver to function better.

Maintain a healthy weight. This helps reduces fat in your liver, helps with better liver function and reduces the risk for fatty liver disease.

Eat a Balanced Diet. The American Liver Foundation recommends, Avoiding high-calorie meals, saturated fat, refined carbohydrates (such as white bread, white rice, and regular pasta) and sugars.

Don’t eat raw or undercooked shellfish. For a well-adjusted diet, eat fiber, which you can obtain from fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, rice, and cereals. Fiber is liver friendly. Eating food with fiber helps your liver work at an optimal level.

Eat meat (but limit the amount of red meat), poultry and fish are liver friendly. Eat dairy (low-fat and small amounts of cheese), and fats (the “good” fats that are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, and fish.)

Eating smaller meals. Eating smaller portions throughout the day or evening helps your liver not have to work harder. Tip, instead of eating 3 large meals a day, break it down into 5 smaller portions or meals. Healthy snacks are important to keep your blood sugar level and energy up.

Exercise regularly. Exercise helps keep your weight down and muscles toned while burning triglycerides for fuel and reducing fat in the liver. Start with walking. Studies show walking for 10 to 15 minutes consistently helps build up endurance and stamina to increase time and distance.

Be Safe with Medications. Talk to your physician and pharmacist about what over the counter and prescription medications are safe for your liver.

Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, but you can help protect your liver by getting these other vaccines.

Know what harms your liver and can increase damage. Take Action. Be Proactive with avoiding what is unsafe for your liver.

Avoid Alcohol and Smoking.

 

Avoid Toxins and harmful chemicals.

 

Avoid Illicit Drugs of all types.

 

Don’t share personal hygiene items. This increases your risk for hepatitis C transmission.

Practice safe sex. Unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners increases your risk for hepatitis B and C as well as other viruses and infections.

What are you doing to help your liver? We’d love to hear from you. Share your comments below.

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

Related Posts:

12 Healthy Diet Tips for Hepatitis C and Liver Disease

Hepatitis C and Exercise

What to Avoid with Hepatitis C and Liver Disease

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