The Fallout Guide for Hep C: Self-Care

This is part three of a six-part series called The Fallout Guide for Hep C. Six emotional components of living with Hep C which are important to address to maintain our sense of self as we traverse the difficult hardships ahead. Read earlier installments on survival mode and support networks.


When we live in survival mode it’s imperative that we remind ourselves of our humanity and try to do something that feeds the soul. I was so quick to abandon hobbies because I couldn’t afford the time and/or financial commitments. So, with caution, I approached dance as my life began to shrink to the point where it felt hard to talk about “normal” things with people because “normal” wasn’t something I could do often.

There can be multiple benefits in new hobbies

I found that with my brain fog and ascites, dance would be challenging, but upon getting into the routine, I found it to be exactly what I’d needed. It gave me a place, where it was just dance.

The moments I most remember from dancing at that time, aren’t of my rushing to balance my electrolytes because my legs started spasming during a routine, but of the music, the steps, and the friendly faces.

We have a degree of control over how we chose to see our past. When in survival mode, I found it important to reflect on the day, even if it were only a six hour day, as meaning exists in breaths between words as much as the words themselves.

Starting & ending each day with key questions

I use an old schedule for living. It was crafted by Ben Franklin, and it demands two major questions. Each morning I should ask myself: “what good will I do today?” And each night I should ask “what good have I done?”

Sometimes a speckled ax is best, Another neologism from Franklin. The implication is that waiting for the perfect tool, the perfect time will not always yield the best results.

Just as with anything, we must use what we have to build ourselves. Our strengths are summoned from our belief. A calm mind knows better how to use the speckled ax. The power from the ax comes from our own hands. The ax is not the focus, the focus is the hands which wield it.

There are elements where others around us will enrich and improve every aspect of living with hep C, but it is important to turn inward, and feed your soul. It yearns for your acceptance, forgiveness, and love, it’s important to give it freely.

A positive & persistent community

And if it helps, dance. So you may celebrate your life because curing hep C gets rid of the virus, but if we only treat the virus, the person now must live with the traumatic experience.

So if you dance, remember in this vein, that hep C can’t involve itself in your affairs, unless you let it.

You are more powerful than you know. The strength in my words and my conviction mirrors the strength I reflect from this positive and persistent community which exists here.

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