I am new to this also (the site not the disease). It has taken 29 years for this disease to turn into cirrosis (I can't spell half of this stuff).
Here are some of the things that have helped me: I gave up eating all flesh, no red meats whatsoever! Do not cook with cast iron, the foods absorbs the iron.
The liver loves and is a very forgiving organ (Thank Chris Jesus), ice water with chunks of lemon in it, this seems to detox, grease, and just is good for the liver. Diet is very important. No over the counter medications.
This disease laid dormant until 1998, in my system. I can tell you that it's a RNA virus, therefore, no vaccine will ever be made to combat it. I was honored to have address Congress on this disease. I brought each member a home test kit, figured since I am a veteran, and received the blood from the Air Force, they should deal with it at a more personal level. There is no federal funding for Hep C., and Dear Sweet Jesus in Africa, there is Hep K. This isn't going away.
I was just approved to be excepted into KU Liver Center, but while in the hospital I was fired now I have no health insurance. I have no idea what stage of cirroris (there are 7) I have, and I'll have to wait until I get Federal Disability, which is near impossible for this condition. Plus fighting the VA, etc.
I just thank God for the life He has given me, I thank God, that the disease didn't pass the placenta to my daughter, because I had the disease and didn't know it. My son feels bad because I had to have a pint of blood the day after his birth. I tell him I am honored to have him as my son, and would have taken the blood knowingly, just to have held him in my arms and to see what a fine man he's turned into. I am a young woman 48 with a seven year old grandson, I just pray that the Lord will allow me to dance at his wedding. If not, I'm ready to go, I don't fear death, I think that the grave is a doorway to something much better then this place and time.
God Bless you all, I know the frustrations you are going through. But, you are strong, this disease replicates 78,000 trillion times every eight hours. The Hep C Connection out of Denver is very helpful with information.
Got to Scoot!