... Did you tell your boss or workplace you were embarking on treatment? I do not want to deal with the stigma. Hopefully I will be one of the many who are pushing through the workdays and getting it done. So what do you think? Do I tell?
Do what you're comfortable doing, but in reality it's nobody else's business. The only reason I came out of the closet about having Hep C is so that I can try to help and guide others with my personal experience. It's not something that I make common knowledge. In the past when I was working and on treatment very few were aware that I was injecting medication, taking pills, and feeling terrible. I'm currently retired, work out at a gym, backpack, rock climb, and travel while taking Harvoni. For me I only bring it up if it can be helpful to someone else. Hep C is an epidemic that people need to be aware of, it's a silent killer, but not something I advertise. Go with your heart.
Well ... I think this question is one that all of Us, with HepC have had to deal with in their lives from the moment they get their diagnosis. It does have a that unsavory stigma to it for sure. I ran a support group years ago, at my local hospital and accepted phone calls as well for years and this was the first question that I Heard! And I still do not think there is a "right" answer. Some people kept it a secret some people didn't. I myself have always been straight forward about having this virus especially when having blood tests, reminding technicians to wear gloves, doctors, talking to my close friends and of course my family members. BUT ... I speak from experience... there Are some people out there that are uneducated even some educated in how the HepC is transmitted and are scared they will get "it" so they back away I am sorry to say but it does happen,it happened to me several times.
BUT most people, the people that are important to me have been genuinely supportive over the years. It's a personal thing and while being honest is always best ... I do not think one has to call a press conference and announce it to the world. ... So just how close are you with coworkers... How close are you with your Boss? If in fact they are just that... people you share a job with then how really necessary is it that you tell them? Take care and listen to your little voice. Especially If your have second thoughts on the issue!
I have had Hep C since the early 80's from a blood transfusion. The only people that I have shared this with are my family and close friends. For instance, I have a neighbor that has had two members of her family that had Hep C and both of them did not make it, so she is very sensitive to hearing that someone has this disease. She would back away and be fearful for herself and family. So I tend to agree with the other people tht have replied to your question. It is a personal decision and you need to be able to be confortable with whatever you decide. I wish you the best on your new adventure with Harvoni. I will be starting tomorrow June 1st. Very excited to get going with this miracle drug. God bless all of us.
I told my boss and some of my co-workers. I thought I might have bad side effects and need to take time off. I also thought my personality would be off a bit. I have worked full time on Harvoni and have had no side effects other than fatigue. I would not have told anyone at work but I have a few people I trust and needed support from. It doesn't matter if you tell anyone or not it's your own comfort
level at work. I am on week 9 of 12 weeks. I feel good. No major side effects. At 4 weeks I had my blood work done and I am undetectable! The question I get asked the most is, Will it ever return? I don't think so unless I did something stupid and infected myself. Does anyone know if it's gone forever? I am a 59 year old female and very happy with the Harvoni.
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