The Power of Hope

On doing a little research before writing this, I was looking into the origins of the word hope, and I learned something.

It was said in one account that it was from hop, as in hopping to safety and they went on to say it has as a companion “an air of desperation.”1

This struck me as familiar in my own experience with hope and what it means in the context of living with and treating HCV, not to mention the years before and after cure.

There were times, and they visit upon me even now, when things seem a little less or more hopeless and desperate. Natural and even normal I believe, all things considered about the ups and downs of life, and more common with people who face trauma in their life.

As I understand, trauma can take many forms and it is not restricted to physical injury. We have heard much about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and I am of the view that some may experience a form of this with HCV.

Remembering that I am not a Dr. and not a Psychologist, my views are based on my observations as a person with lived experience and numerous conversations with the people in our community. Some will argue the chicken and egg theory but I have spoken to people with all sorts of life experience who have a common thread outside of their life history with all the stereotypes being blown away like the validity they deserve-none in my view.

Desperation is not just related to access to treatment or even care, as difficult and desperate as that can be for too many people. For some of us it is the feeling that we are not able to overcome the fear and anxiety, which is often a part of living with a chronic hepatitis c diagnosis. I don’t think it is dissimilar to being diagnosed with other serious illness except for the stigma we know comes with HCV.

It is easy for me to tell you to keep hope in your heart, as I have written and said to so very many people over the years, but I know it is not easy to always have hope and believe everything will be fine. The truth is apparent to me that hope can be transient even in the most optimistic of people. Others may suggest that being positive will conquer whatever obstacles we face, and I am all in for being as positive as we can, but no slogan or single phrase or set of words can lead us to ignore the reality we face moment to moment.

Living in the moment has been one way I find helpful but it just is not possible to do that always. Faith helps, and believing in the possibility of a future with better health is certainly worth believing and hoping for.

I believe in hope.

I hope you do too, and even if you can’t always believe in it, it is worth trying to, isn’t it?

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  1. Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto, Arcade Publishing, New York, 1990

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