What Hepatitis C Taught Me
Last updated: December 2020
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.
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!
What have you or what did you learn through your hep C journey?