Hi, again, MI! I know your dad appreciated your visit, as I have been in the hospital on Christmas and it's no fun!
I was diagnosed with hep C in '93. I know that I contracted it in '68 or '69, when I was doing IV drugs. I tried interferon when I was diagnosed...that was the only thing available at the time. In fact, I tried 2 rounds of it. Both times, my white count dipped so low that I was catching everything going around. Also, I wasn't responding to it. So I was taken off of treatment and never pursued it again. Aside from extreme fatigue, which caused me to only be able to work P/T from '93 to 2005 (when I finally got approved for SSD), there weren't any symptoms. I had blood work done every 6 mos. and an abdominal ultrasound once a year. In 2005, it was noted on ultrasound that I had a large, cancerous liver mass--hepatocellular carcinoma. Prior to this, I'd had bilateral hip replacements as the result of a condition called osteonecrosis, with a revision of the left hip replacement. At the time I was diagnosed with liver cancer, I had already received disability based on the hep C and hip problems. Shands didn't seem to think there was anything to be done for me, so I went to Mayo. They saved my life, with treatment and surgery in which they took the entire right lobe of my liver. I had a biopsy of the left lobe when they did surgery, and I do have cirrhosis. I have been cancer free for 1 1/2 years now. They keep a very close check on me. I haven't wanted to try hep C treatment again, but may discuss it in March when I see my hepatologist. I had to have another revision of my left hip just before the liver surgery. Also had that hip surgery at Mayo. After the lobectomy, I developed an incisional hernia. Had that repaired, but 2 mos. later, it was back. Had it repaired again and so far so good. So that's me in a nutshell. I still have a lot of fatigue from the hep C. I will be 66 in March.
If you mean that the posts you've read don't state exactly what happens, it's because everyone is so different. Mostly, we have caregivers here. If you will read the Stages of Liver Disease thread and a couple of other informational threads compiled by Shelly, they may give you more of the info you are seeking. I can tell you that it's a very frustrating disease and a real rollercoaster.