When first diagnosed with hep c 15 years ago i went on an online reading binge finding out as much as possible.
Until diagnosis id had very little in the way of symptoms apart from fatigue. The diagnosis was a surprise and i knew little about hep c.
Having read up on it i felt that i was destined to suffer liver damage and eventual cirrossis. Of course i wad stressed and tried to immediately give up alcohol as reccommended. I also went on the liver cleansing diet( book by Sandra Cabbot).
All this was fine but it wasnt me. I put myself through unnecessary torment by not having the odd glass of wine.
As time elapsed i learned to live quite well by cutting back on drinking and cutting out fatty foods was a major help.
My G.P was very supportive and didnt ramp up the symptoms or effects of having hep c. I was living in Australia at the time and the health system would probably not have paid the full cost of treatment so i left it.
I did worry during the first couple of years but came to realise for me i would live with hep c for many years and any impairment was to be gradual.
Maybe i am lucky though at 64 having had hep c for probably about 45 years it would be time for the nhs to offer me treatment as the possibility of decline i imagine will increase and it would be nice to have more energy.