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What Can One Person Do?

What can I do?

What can one person do to help or change things may be a question you have asked yourself.

Maybe not, but it is something I have heard from people who are engaged in contact with the community of people living with hep c.

The engagement can be in person face to face peer support groups or online in an anonymous format like there are on Facebook or forum like we have seen for years.

Whatever you preference is you are part of a group of people looking for others who share the same or similar experiences and challenges. As many will know, these groups vary as widely as people do, and the tone and themes vary slightly or dramatically. They are as specific as one can imagine, but the general theme is hep c.

There are typically group leaders or administrators and all that may qualify these leaders is their own desire to do something in community.

I am not here to judge the quality of these groups because it is not my job to review the quality and recommend any one over another, which is up to you if you choose to join one.

There are several, so if you don’t like the one you find at first just take a tour online and eventually you will find one that fits your own taste and needs. Heck, you can start your own if you like, as I said there are no degrees or special qualifications needed. Please do not dispense medical advice would be my main ask of anyone, and educate yourself before and while you are endeavoring to educate others, if that is your goal.

I have been involved with both online and face-to-face groups over the years, both as a member and an administrator/founder. There are some which are very good for information while others are more or less social groups, but the best ones are a hybrid of both types. In my early days after diagnosis these groups and particularly one small group was a lifesaver for me. There were some well-informed people and it was friendly and welcoming. I honestly don’t know how I could have managed in those early years without their support.

I prefer respectful people who consider other people as equals without competition for being the most popular or most knowledgeable. That is not to say that the people with the best knowledge should be silenced because we count on others who are better informed for the most reliable information.

Informing yourself and spending time in this way can and will help others, and it is something you can do without a huge commitment.

If you want to do more, I suggest reaching out to a local non-profit who are doing work in your local area to help people with peer support but be prepared for a bigger investment of your time and energy, but you are the only one who knows what is realistic.

The thing is that one person can make a difference, and you may be that person who changes the outcome for one or millions of other people. Either way you will benefit from the experience, or not.
Up to you, because you are after all the “one person”.

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