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Accepting The Cards That Are Dealt To Us: Steps for The Newly Diagnosed

Let’s face it, there is no one reading this right now who asked to be diagnosed with hepatitis C. It is not something that we were anxiously waiting in line for, hoping we’d contract this disease. Quite the contrary. 

When getting the news of a hep C diagnosis, the reaction can include shock, fear, denial, and anger. If you look closely, not one of those feelings expresses joy, happiness, or excitement. However, learning to accept the cards that are dealt to us is one of the ways we all must learn to deal with, in order to get through this journey.

Your chances look good!

Putting things into perspective will be a hard thing to accomplish. I don’t know exactly at what point I finally accepted my situation, but I will tell you, if you are just newly diagnosed with hepatitis C, the process for you will be much smoother and hopefully easier; Nowadays, the survival and cure rates are rising. The medications now are curing some patients at 98%, and sometimes in less that 8 weeks. This is wonderful news for the hepatitis C communities. This means that if you are diagnosed and getting treatment, your chances to cure and live out a long, happy life are much better than the older regimen of treatments.

Here are some steps for the newly diagnosed:

  • Get ahold of any literature about hepatitis C.
  • Join support groups, either in-person if your local communities have that available, or certainly the most convenient is the online support on Facebook.
  • Get in to see your doctor to discuss treatment options. If your primary doctor is not up to date on hep C, I suggest finding a liver specialist who will be fully up to date with these various medications.
  • Find out your hep C genotype – this will be key in the treatment and treatment length you will be doing.
  • Get insurance information ready for treatment, and if you do not have insurance, start researching programs available to those who need financial assistance.
  • Talk to someone close to you, whether a family member or friend, and ask them to support you through this upcoming journey.
  • Get your mindset programmed to that of positive thoughts and strong fight.  Your body will be fighting a good fight and you will need to be in best mental shape you can throughout this journey. Sure, we have bad days (we all do), but do not allow yourself to stay there.

There IS a cure… you just have to get it. Don’t sit around waiting for it to come to you. If one door closes, you knock on the next. Do not give up or give in. Treatments are out there, and where there is a will, there is a way.

Not without a FIGHT! ~HCV~ ©

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