The Sky is Not Falling

Remember the story about Chicken Little? How about the “never cry wolf” story? The way I see it, they were meant to teach us something as youngsters and there are many that come to mind, not to mention the slogans like an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

All of these lessons are worthy and suggest good approaches to life, in my view. Alarmists and fear-mongers will want to scare people into acting or not acting, depending on the issue. But, I certainly think a thoughtful approach to things will in general help to assure better outcomes when it comes to decision-making about things relevant to hep C and life in general.

As someone who has probably spent way too much time worrying about this or that, I can now say with some sureness that it really does not solve a thing to panic. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that when we have something like a panic or anxiety issue we cannot keep calm up and carry on. It is not that simple, and I suggest seeking help-professional help.

The merchants of doom sell worry, and the purveyors of positivity may suggest a few slogans do the trick but I am not yet convinced. I am not in favor of being negative, gosh that is weird thinking isn’t it? I am in favor of research and education that serves to inform us. I have been known to seek understanding with a fervent and sometimes obsessed zeal, and this may be in part because of my personality type. You may be like me in that you seek understanding passionately, and we know how much of a double-edged thing it is. I like to think it is both a curse and a blessing; meaning it can do good and harm all at once. The intensity in which we seek is a personal thing and I would never suppose to give advice on what you should do because you are the judge of that, not me.

I would advise to be mindful of where you receive the understanding, and be objective about what you are reading when seeking answers or knowledge about HCV. There are good sources and some not so good sources. I still see sites and online groups sharing wrong information, and on things that are not at all subjective, in that they are no longer valid or they are simply wrong and were never thought to be correct by reliable sources. A lesson I recall is “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” or along those lines. Promises made may fall short, and we all know this as adults. Reports that exaggerate the horrible side effects can be just as dubious and lead to conclusions that may cause us harm.

One I heard recently was an old one that I thought was pretty much gone from the language in community, and it goes like this: “I will more likely die with hep C not from it”. This was once commonplace in forums, and what it says is the same as what some ill-informed doctors may still say-I heard it recently; “you are fine you just need to be monitored”.

These are wrong held beliefs, and not to say they should frighten us, but it is my hope that you can access safe, reliable, and credible information about your health and the process of navigating the process that will see that you receive the care and support you deserve.

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