I think there were probably many who suffered with HCV before there was a specific medical diagnosis, and many probably died of HCV liver related causes
, or other HCV related extrahepatic causes (stroke, heart disease, etc).
Your situation is very intriguing, and raises lots of questions. Also, do you know how you acquired the virus? Can you definitely pinpoint the time and cause, and was it one of the standard risk factors fro HCV? (Injection Drugs, Transfusion, etc.