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The Power of Stories

We all have a story to tell, no matter where the twists and turns along the road of life has taken us. And the more twisty, the more interesting they can be. Something that has always been seen as a valuable part of being human has been our storytelling. After all, our life is a kind of story, isn’t it? And how much we choose to share is up to us and the willingness or desire of others to listen.

What’s your hep C story?

Rarely do others want to take the time to listen to our complete life story. It can be a little long and even tedious depending on the storytelling skills of the teller. Who knows, maybe you have an amazing life story to tell, and one day you will write it down so that others can read and enjoy. The stories I am talking about now are more specific to stories about your hep C experience or journey, as we sometimes call it.

The process of writing down your story can be a positive experience and a way of promoting healing, if that is something you think you need. There is another positive side of telling your story — helping others in their journey. We have more in common that we don’t, and it is that shared experience that can give us a level of security, comfort and vindication of our own story/ experience. This is no small thing as it turns out, and I know that it has helped me along my own journey with hep C.

We have a lot in common

Here at HepatitisC.net you can submit your hep C story, and please consider doing it. You are a part of a community. A diverse group of people who come from every walk of life, but we all share experiences in ways that may at first surprise you. I know for myself, as I have read many accounts over the years, there is, as I said, far more we have in common than we don’t. It is a positive thing to know you are not alone.

If you are considering writing your story, remember that it is not a requirement that it be a great literary masterpiece. We all have different writing skill levels. Perfection is not the goal or the standard because it never really needs to be. How much time or how much detail you include is up to you entirely, and how comfortable you feel sharing should serve as your guide. You may never share your story at all and that is fine, too.

How much you share is up to you

As I mentioned, the process itself could be a good way to help your own healing even if not shared with others. If you think it’s a part of your life you want to put behind you and have no interest in reliving any part of it, that is your choice of course. If you do choose to share your experience with others, I think you will find that many others will connect in the shared experience we all have.

You can share your story with the community by clicking here.

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  • Kathy D
    5 months ago

    Told my story.

  • Daryl Luster author
    5 months ago

    I am glad you have Kathy D. We may find it useful to tell our story again if it helps someone else. It is in no way the only thing we can do, and I know some of us are never going to share our story, but if you can, it humanizes and can demystify what living with hep c can be like or about.

  • Lauren Tucker moderator
    5 months ago

    Thanks Kathy for your comment. And to echo Daryl your story can help so many others! If you’d ever be willing to share your story on our page we would love it. Here is a link https://hepatitisc.net/stories/ (no obligation) but we’d love to hear it! Thanks so much for being part of our community. Best, Lauren (HepatitisC.net Team)

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