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Negative result a positive ending for Ottawa wrestler Devon Nicholson says he has been cured of hepatitis c Brier Dodge brier.dodge@metroland.com

News - After a long string of disappointing results, Devon Nicholson finally got the negative he wanted. Nicholson, from Orléans, wrestled professionally and contracted hepatitis C, a life-threatening disease often transmitted through the blood. He has spent much of the past year undergoing an aggressive experimental treatment, loaded with negative side effects. He decided to undergo the treatment after consulting with specialists at the American Mayo Clinic. Called Incivek triple therapy, doctors at the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital pumped Nicholson full of heavier doses of the medications normally used to treat his disease, as well as new medications. Side effects can include ex-

treme insomnia, weight lost, mental issues and intense itching. The first time through the 36-week treatment, he had to stop on week 19. This second time around, he made it through the 36 weeks. “It was a nightmare-ish ordeal,” he said. And now his final test results have come back negative for hepatitis C, meaning the wrestler is cured. “That means the whole hepatitis C order for me, is completely over,” he said. “It wasn’t there at three months (after treatment), and it’s not here at six months. He said the only way for him to test positive again would be to contract the disease a second time. The diagnosis made him press the pause button on his dream of wrestling in the World Wrestling Entertainment League – and it made him ineligible. After having to leave professional wrestling, he went on to win a medal at the Olympic trials in GrecoRoman wrestling, before starting his hepatitis C treatment. He hasn’t ruled out returning to the WWE, and would be eligible to try if he passes

medical screening and drug tests by the WWE’s doctors. For now, he’s training with a Montreal-based coach for Greco-Roman wrestling, and will be competing at this year’s national championship. He’s also returning to professional wrestling in May during an event in Smiths Falls. Nicholson starred in Orléans filmaker Max Moskal’s documentary This is Hannibal. In the film, Nicholson alleged that he contracted hepatitis C from another wrestler, Larry Shreve, who goes by the name Abdullah the Butcher. According to Nicholson, Shreve cut him with a blade during a wrestling match, passing on the disease. The allegations have not been proven in court. He’s taking Shreve to court in a case that is due to start March 31. But for now, Nicholson has one negative to celebrate – being cured of the disease that has changed so much of his life. “That was the biggest fight hopefully I’ll ever have,” he said. “I’m just happy it’s over.”

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Ottawa wrestler Devon Nicholson recently found out that the experimental treatment he received for hepatitis C was successful.

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