NoFearMan, well, as you can see, there are many of us "out there." Welcome to the forum, to you and all the other newbies.
I was diagnosed with hep C in '93. I had elevated liver enzymes and constant fatigue. I tried Interferon treatment twice and was taken off both times due to very low white cell counts. Aside from working P/T instead of F/T, and being always tired, nothing changed until about 2 years ago. I was having yearly liver sonograms and that time it showed liver cancer. A huge tumor in my right lobe, which had metastasized to the inferior vena cava. Long story short, I had chemoembolization and TheraSphere treatment, and then had the entire right lobe of the liver removed in May '07. Several months after that surgery, I developed an incisional hernia in my midriff. I had to wait until I was healed from the first surgery before having the hernia repaired. That was done in Dec. '07. All was fine, except for a bit of fluid, until around Feb. It was then determined that the hernia repair had failed and I again had a hernia...a really huge one as of now. I had made plans to go to NYC and had nonrefundable airline tickets, so I went ahead and made the trip last month. Now I'm going into surgery in the morning. I have talked to the hepatologist about doing treatment. She had scheduled an EGD for me to check for varices, but I canceled that when this hernia surgery was scheduled. I need to recover from this first before being poked and prodded again! At this point, I'm not even sure I want to do the treatment, since most people say it is really rough. I'm 65 and don't want to spend a precious year of my life feeling miserable.
I need to get to bed, but it has helped to respond. The surgeon has stressed to me twice that this surgery is going to be much more painful than the last two, and that has me very apprehensive tonight. So if everyone could just keep me in your thoughts and prayers, I would really appreciate it. I live alone and don't have any family nearby. You all have become my family.
Big hugs for all, especially the new members,