Sabina Gets Active Against HCV

10 03 2011

(Guest post in a series from Sabina, our 15-year-old friend living with hepatitis C.)

Dear Readers,
 
Yesterday, I had my fourth interferon shot! And I didn’t feel any pain.

Yes, I was anxious but when I actually got the shot it was easy. So far, I’m lucky that I have not had any symptoms after the shot.

Sometimes I get headaches, nausea, and tired from the ribavirin pills. But I still feel upbeat and I’m really glad that so far I can do the sports I love to do.

Courtesy: Meredith James Johnstone

Last Tuesday, I started dance classes for the first time and I’m having great loads of fun. This Friday I have tryouts for volleyball. I’m excited for that. I don’t know if I can keep up both sports but I’m going to try.

Beyond sports, I feel like I’ve been able to do most activities and work at school. I haven’t missed any time, although I’ve been pretty tired. I’ve been going to bed early, like around 8 instead of 11.  That’s a big difference but I’m tired and I get to the point where I can’t keep my eyes open any more. This makes it harder to get my homework finished, but if I work on managing my time I can get everything done.

My parents say that if I get too tired I will have to let some activities go. I realize I shouldn’t overwork myself. But it feels good to be active and to have goals set for myself. 

One question I have for my readers is this—are there any other kids out there who are like me and going through this or thinking about getting treated? What are your views? What are the obstacles you are running into? And are you having any serious symptoms? I would love to hear from other people.


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10 03 2011
Kelly

I am sorry you have to go through this but I am glad to hear you are doing so well . I have a 3 year old boy Zachariah that is HepC genotype 1a he will start hus treatment on march 16 ,2011 I am very scared ,but hopefully he will do as well as you are.

2 04 2011
Nora Adkins

Sabina,
I am so glad you are doing well. My son Ryan started treatment on Oct 1, 2011, he is Genotype 1A and is not responding to treatment. I pray that you continue to do well and have clearance of the disease. I wanted to say thank you for writing your blog. It helps to hear from people that are going through this since being a mom, the only thing I can do is watch and hold my sons hand while he goes through this. With him being 8 he isn’t able to articulate everything as well as you have. I know he wonders all of the time; and I try to explain things to him in a way that he can understand. Stay strong and again I hope you continue to do well. Take care. Nora

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