I wish I had some really great news for you. All I know is my own personal experience. I started the interfueron and I was also very concerned about depression because I have suffered from it for years and been under treatment. It is very important to let your doctor know so that they can closely monitor you. I won't lie to you. When I took my first shot I had no idea it would effect me the way it did. It was awful. My fever went way high , my joints hurt so bad I was trying to crawl away from the pain and I was crying for my mother (so my son said) and she has been gone for over 20 years. The next day I remember telling my son that I didn't think I could do this and he told me "Mom, you don't have a choice". Out of the mouths of babes huh! The good thing I can tell you is that each week it got better and my depression did not seem to worsen. I wish I could tell you how it turned out for me but my insurance cancelled me when I was half way through the treatment so I don't know how it would have turned out if I had been able to complete the treatment. But in my heart I know I would do it again if I could. I know how scared you are especially to think you are facing this alone. You may see if the local hospital has a support group you could attend. If not, remember this site and know that somewhere there is someone who will be thinking and praying for you. Good luck and God bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for all of your replies. Your support makes me feel better. Still scared, but at least I'm not going into this thing completely uninformed. I've read about it, but it helps more to hear peoples personal experiences. I was supposed to start in December, but something came up. Anyway, my Dr. gave me an ultimatum and he gave me three months to get my ducks in a row before I start. So early May is when it happens. I've been in so much denial about even having Hep C, but lately it's hit me that this is real and that it is serious and I think this is why I've been so darn angry. My Biopsy came back stage 3 to 4 fibrosis which is borderline cirhosis. In any case, I feel fortunate that I have time to prepare. Thanks for all of your suggestions. I know for sure that I'm going to start eating healthier and that I'm going to try and put on some weight, if I can. I'm a very thin guy and can't afford to lose too much. The depression, however, really has me concerned.