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What Hepatitis C Taught Me

My 20 year journey with hepatitis C included a total of 3 treatments, 2 liver biopsies, and countless other tests and physical exams. It also included highs and lows - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I learned many valuable life lessons throughout my entire journey that will remain with me always.

What hepatitis C taught me

Hep C taught me...

  • To focus more on gains, not losses.
  • I did not have control over the disease, but I did have control over my attitude and choices.
  • My attitude, choices, and actions had a great effect on my physical health.
  • Hepatitis C lived with me. I did not live with it.
  • Concentrate on what you can do rather than what you can’t do.
  • Being proactive made a big impact on my progress
  • Perseverance is key. Never give up.
  • Take one day, one week at a time. Focus on the next thing you need to do.

Focus on reaching weekly mile markers, using check-off lists to help you see progress and weekly victories. Some ideas include:

  • If I have a bad day, remember, it is temporary, it will pass.
  • Reach out for help and support. It is important to healing.
  • Learn something new. Do something you enjoy.
  • Look for what is good every day and be thankful.
  • Recovery, like anything in life, takes time. Be patient in the process.

Proactive, daily steps matter

Being mindful of all aspects of health - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually make a huge impact on your journey with hepatitis C and liver disease. I also recommend:

  • Drinking lots of pure water daily, or water infused with lemon or citrus.
  • Eating good, nutritious meals that are healthy and liver-friendly.
  • Avoid what is harmful to the liver: alcohol, recreational drugs, some herbal supplements, chemicals, and toxins. Learn what over the medications and amounts are safe and unsafe for your liver condition. Talk to your doctor before taking anything.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial to liver health.
  • Exercise, even mild daily exercise like walking, is beneficial physically and mentally.
  • Focus on the good in each day and being thankful is beneficial emotionally and mentally.
  • Practice daily quiet time like prayer, meditation, or reading from the Bible.
  • Journaling is beneficial mentally and emotionally.

In summary

No matter where you are in your journey with hepatitis C and liver disease, take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You're worth it, my friend!

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