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October 4, 2005

It’s Good News, So Why Am I Crying?

My face is red and puffy. My eyes are swollen. If you saw me, you’d swear I’d just heard some horrible news. Something like: “Target just burned down!” or “No one else volunteered, so we made you room mother!”

But really I got a call I’ve been waiting for since I was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1997– the call that I never thought would come.

After countless shots and pills and pokes and prods and prayers (especially prayers), I just heard that my latest test showed no traces of the virus.

I’ve now been virus-free for five years, and I’m considered CURED.

I never spent much time contemplating this day, fearing that thinking about it would prevent it from actually occurring. However, in the back of my mind I suppose I figured the news would engender a “WOOSH” of relief and an immediate feeling of peacefulness and serenity.

Instead, I’m just having a hard time grasping the concept that the ordeal is over. It’s like I’ve been carrying around a heavy suitcase full of liver trouble and now it seems so much a part of me that I’m having trouble letting it go. Maybe I can’t really believe I’m permitted to let it go.

I haven’t even made any phone calls yet– delivering wonderful news while alternately sobbing and sniffling seems ungrateful.

And I am very, very grateful.

Posted by Anne Glamore @ 10:30 am • Deep Thoughts,Hepatitis C,Spines & Livers & Bones, Oh My!   

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23 Responses to “It’s Good News, So Why Am I Crying?”

  1. that’s wonderful news… it will hit you even harder over the next few days, weeks, months, etc. I’m sure you’re family is ecstatic with such phenomenal news. It’s a marked event…you should celebrate. Have a “cured” party and live it up! Celebrate every year or, if you’re conservative with celebrations, every five years! CONGRATULATIONS!

  2. PRAISE GOD in His blessings!!!!!!!!
    Much love to you and your family. Great news travels quickly, and it made it onto the men’s Bible study praises!!!!!!

  3. Woo hoo!!! Doing the happy dance for you. God does work wonders. Congratulations, and I agree, have a “cured” party.

  4. Yeeee Haaaahhhhh! Wonderful news!

  5. Yippee-yay-kay-yay!!!!!

    I’ve got happy feet now! Congratulations. May your life be long and happy. May you always be as healthy as you are today.

  6. Wonderful, wonderful news! I’m choking back tears just reading your post.

  7. I am so thrilled. My brother is getting the interferon treatment for Hep C and I can’t wait for this day in his life. (choking back my fear with a pryaer as I write this.)

  8. Oh my goodness! Many congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  9. Oh, my God (and I mean that), THANK YOU! Bless you, sweetheart. That is wonderful, wonderful news. I told you about my uncle…he’s been clear for close to 10 years, now! Yaay for you!!!

  10. Congratulations on your tremendous news. Here’s to your continued good health.

    – Kerri.

  11. Congratulations! As a family that deals with liver disease, I know the constant worry associated with it. We celebrate with you on your “cured” status.

  12. What wonderful news!!!

  13. Congratulations! I am very happy for you. What a great thing.

  14. Yahooey!!! Praise Jesus!!! My mom has been HepC-free for 3 years now, and my dad is on the treatment right now, so I told them about you to give them something to smaile about. Yay Yay Yay Yay!!!!

  15. And by smaile, I mean smile. 🙂

  16. That is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news.

    My husband had hepatitis A two years ago and even though it was not nearly as serious as C, I was worried sick about his nonfunctioning liver, his jaundice, and the myriad tests he had to undergo while they tried to figure out what was wrong with him.

    I can’t imagine going through these worries for five years.

    Congratulations.

  17. It is great to hear such wonderful news!

  18. That is fan-friggin-tastic! So happy for you!

  19. I’m so happy for you! I’m sorry I didn’t see your post sooner, but congratulations! That is the best news EVER.

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