Hepatitis C Survivor Encourages People to Get Tested - KFYRTV.COM - Bismarck, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Hepatitis C Survivor Encourages People to Get Tested

Posted: Updated:

He's been running marathons and triathlons for years, and before 2006 he had no idea he had contracted hepatitis C.  

"I didn't believe it and then the test came back positive," says Hepatitis C survivor Tim Lickteig.

Tim felt like he had the flu. And during a physical in 2006, he was diagnosed with the disease.

"Through the years of my sobriety, this disease had progressed unbeknownst to me all along and not showed any symptoms until it got to the point where it was starting to affect me physically."

Doctors at Sanford Health began treatment immediately through injections, which was no picnic.

"It just got to the point where I was...no energy. Didn't eat well, lost a ton of weight. My hair got too thin, so I got rid of the hair," says Tim.

However, the FDA is on the verge of approving treatments that are all oral, and don't have as many side effects.

"The two oral agents, which we will be using are very well tolerated, few side effects and we have better results  than we have ever had before. Somewhere between 80 and 90 percent," says Dr. Kent Martin, Sanford Health.

Tim says don't be afraid to get tested, if there's any possibility you may have come in contact with hepatitis C.

"Go now. Go find out. Get the blood test. It's a very simple blood test. Because, even if you have it, and you continue to ignore the fact that you may or may not, it's going to progress. It's going to get worse."

With the help of support groups, family, doctors and, of course, treatment, Tim has made a full recovery, allowing himself a second chance at life.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Zoo Animals Receive New Toys

    Zoo Animals Receive New Toys

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:06:27 GMT
    The animals at Roosevelt Park zoo received some new toys on Thursday, and it's all geared toward enhancing their quality of life.
    The animals at Roosevelt Park zoo received some new toys on Thursday, and it's all geared toward enhancing their quality of life.
  • Trial Date Set For Trinity Principal

    Trial Date Set For Trinity Principal

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:24:07 GMT
    The man accused of setting fire to Dickinson Trinity High School last month will go to trial soon.
    The man accused of setting fire to Dickinson Trinity High School last month will go to trial soon.
  • Police Arrest Man For Multiple Drug Charges

    Police Arrest Man For Multiple Drug Charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:14:23 GMT
    A Bismarck man was arrested for marijuana and synthetic drugs after a search warrant was issued on his car and apartment.
    A Bismarck man was arrested for marijuana and synthetic drugs after a search warrant was issued on his car and apartment.
  • TOOLBOX

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFYR. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.