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How Hep C Can Hurt

Last updated: May 2022

Hurt is a word that can apply to physical and emotional pain and harms that are either part of our past or form a part of our daily lives more acutely. Trauma is one of those hurts or harms that can fester and even grow in its effect on so many things we deal with in our journey.

Hurt caused by having hep C

How have we been hurt by hep C? It varies, and we all have our own stories to tell, indeed. Has it caused you physical pain alone, or is it a galaxy of hurt you have experienced?

Has it destroyed relationships with those close to you and, on the positive side, helped you make new ones and even better and stronger ones? The latter is not uncommon, and to be honest, I have made many new friends along the hep C road.

I have lost a few, and sadly too many lost to the ravages of hep C over time. I don’t wish to be a downer, and it is not true that everyone has a terrible experience with hep C because some will never have symptoms and get treated and cured, with no real issues and no hurt or harm at all.

I am happy for you if you are in that group that avoided stigma, diabetes, neurological disorders, etc. You have been fortunate, and I am truly happy for you.

Getting through the hurt

For those of us who have not been as lucky, for many people, it continues to be a struggle in a range of ways, again both physically, neurological, and emotional. The chances are good that if you have had ongoing health issues, it has caused hurt and harm to your quality of life, and after all, that is what we all want, is wellness as we define that.

Not simply in terms of viral loads and other medical/clinical terms. Those measures rarely capture how we find our way through each day, at least in my experience.

There are ways we can discover and make changes, and not all are in the clinical realm. I am not suggesting that your local alternative medicine purveyor has the answers, and some may help, but some people do counseling and can help us deal with hurt and harm.

Seeking out support and help is never a bad thing unless we believe it isn’t, and some will never ask for help, but I think it can be a good choice with the right sort of help. Finding the right person and approach makes all the difference.

The bottom line, in my opinion, is that if you have experienced hurt or continue to experience it, and it impacts your wellness and quality of life, there are things we can do to help, but of course, that is up to us, as individuals.

Good luck!

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