If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis C and are not being treated, its very important that you get to a gastrointerologist who is familiar with this disease. If the Hep C does too much damage to the liver, then the treatment won't help without a liver transplant. I was diagnosed in October 2004 and also had my gallbladdar removed in the same month because of gallstones. The surgeon took a biopsy of my liver to see how much damage had occurred so that information was really helpful to the GI dr. He told me I needed to start therapy within a couple of months at least or my liver would be too damaged. I am on Pegysus and copegas now. I started in Nov.2004 and I was able to continue working until Christmas break. Right now I am on an extended medical leave. I am doing ok, I just have a lot of problems with infections and extreme weakness and tiredness. Bottom line, get to a doc and start treatment.