I just wanted to give you all an update on my physical / emotional well being. It has been about 2 months since I received the results of my biopsy which indicated very minimal fibrosis. I do not have Hep C nor was I an alcoholic but I did abuse alcohol and marijuana during my late twenties. I am 30 now. I was really crushed after hearing the news for obvious reasons. I felt that no matter what I did this disease would eventually progress and I would die a terrible death at an early age. Not to mention that the time until that happened I would be miserable without being able to drink socially and have fun. Even though my doctor assured me that if I stay off the alcohol except for maybe a couple of drinks a few times a year that I could live until 100 with my liver I still didn't believe him and thought / expected the worst. I was very depressed and I never thought I would seriously contimplate suicide, but I did. I was on anti-depressants and talked to a therapist and figured I would go on this way forever.
But after a while I started to change my thinking. I came around after about a month or so and started to do what I knew I would if I did get the diagnosis I was fearing. I started to live life as healthy as possible. I eat flawlessly and take a multivitamin and Liv.52 (liver supplement) daily along with exercise and am now at a normal weight for the first time since the beginning of college. My cholesterol is under 200 and my liver functions are all within normal range. My upper right quadrant pain has all but disappeared and I feel great. Not to toot my own horn but I really am a picture of helth! I am also doing much better mentally. I came off the anti-depressants and came to the realization that I have what I have and it could be a lot worse. I am going to live my life as best I can and if I have to deal with liver diesease one day down the road so be it. As for now I try to live in the moment and not worry about things I can't control.
I really wanted to thank all of you who took the time to share your thoughts with me the last few months. This site really helped me a lot and I wish nothing but the best to all of you.
Stage I Fibrosis, Hep C -