Escaping The Realities of Hep C

Escaping reality from time to time is good for you. I found it to be very overwhelming to go through the emotions, day in and day out, while having a chronic illness such as hep C. Let’s face it, most of us are caught by surprise being diagnosed with hep C. There is no time to plan, adjust, or prepare for it. WHAM. It is as though the door is slammed in our face, and now we have to just “live” with it.

The emotional rollercoaster

But going through the emotions of having hep C is stressful, tiring, and frustrating, to say the least. I would be happy one minute, frustrated the next, and then onto crying. I could not catch a break. The cycle was fast, and my mood swings were switching from minute to minute. Dealing with customers, I became more direct. Normally, I would bend-over backwards to accommodate their needs, even if it was not called out on the directions. But going through the years of my diagnosis, the patient and easy-going Kim days were short lived. I would not stand for any rude or disrespectful behavior. Normally, I would have brushed it off, but those days, I took nothing from anyone. If you were rude to me, I would tell you and give it right back, or just outright deny my services to you.

If I was awakened from sleep, I would be angry. For me, sleep was hard enough to get anyway, and once I did finally get some, to be interrupted set me on fire.

Standing up for myself

Being cured now almost 5 years has really helped in my emotional status. I know my liver is still bad, but the hep C is gone. So is most of my emotional roller coasting times. I have gone back to my easygoing self, but I will say the part where I stand up for myself has remained. It must have been a learned response during those days for me to still be able now to be direct and straightforward in my assertiveness.

It gets better

You might be on that emotional roller coaster right now, learning of your hep C, feeling sick all the time. But know this, it does get better. You must keep believing and stay as positive in your emotional state as you can right now. Take time outs and learn to give yourself permission to relax. Go relax in a park, go for walk, sit outside. Just allow time to adjust to all that is thrown at you. You are not going to solve anything in a day, week, or month/. Things will be ok and soon you too will be undergoing treatment and life after treatment can resume as normal. Don’t give up.

Not without a FIGHT! ~HCV~ ©

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