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Isabelle Gaultier's Story

Isabelle’s Story

I am a sixty years young grandmother of two. I was recently cured of the Hepatitis C Virus which I contracted through a medical procedure before my seventeenth birthday in 1971. That was the era when needles and other medical instruments were disinfected through boiling. I had a severe episode of acute hepatitis (called “jaundice” at the time) so I knew something had happened to my liver. The Hepatitis C Virus was identified some 20 years later after this episode, and only then was I formally diagnosed with HCV (genotype 1a) infection. There were no HCV treatments at the time I was diagnosed so I focused on a healthy diet and an active lifestyle to keep my weight down, avoided alcohol and liver-toxic products, and didn’t smoke.

Even though I got quite tired at times, I had an exciting career taking me to many countries around the world. For the last 10 years before my retirement, I worked as a scientist in the research and development department of a large pharmaceutical company, focusing on oral combination treatments for HIV and HCV. It gave me great hope that one day, short and effective oral treatments would become available. In 2014, I was blessed to be treated in a late-phase clinical trial of a combination treatment that was since approved for use in the USA, Canada and Europe. In June 2015, I got the great news that I had achieved SVR24 (sustained viral response 24 weeks after the end of treatment), which opens up for me a virus-free life. Now, I can continue to enjoy an active life, with my husband Andy, my grandchildren and my dog.

We are in an exciting era where new, effective and tolerable treatments are available. I recommend to everyone that I meet, particularly baby boomers, that they get tested for HCV infection and establish a good working relationship with a competent doctor. Life is good!


Related Terms: Hepatitis C, Liver Disease

Page updated: January 29th, 2016

 

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