What has changed?

As I am apt to do on occasion…I contemplate things-usually spurred on by a conversation with someone in my daily life, or by something I read…or just a thought pops into my head.

Recently a friend was sharing his comments about how things have not changed for him in regards to a significant issue in his life, which we have discussed on a number of occasions over a period of time. The conversation led me to think about the question “what has changed?”

Perspective is something that affects our view on things in the most profound way, so to just ask this question really means nothing without context. I could go on and on about what has changed for me in the last day, week, month, year, and even the last 5 minutes, but I will spare you the agony.

In my effort to affect change in the area of Hep C advocacy, education, and all of the other pieces that make up the whole, I can talk about any number of things that have changed or not ; haven’t changed nearly quickly enough, or to a point that satisfies my own desire for change.

One thing that I can say with conviction in respect to change and Hep C is this; safer and better treatment options are now available. This is a very positive thing in my opinion, and who could argue with that. The sad thing to me is that the change has not come soon enough for some people that do not have access to care or the drugs they need to see a cure in their own lives.

That is not positive.

I choose not to dwell on the negative, but this does not mean I believe in fairies or unicorns and that everyone can be happy and healthy every day of their lives. Many of us have witnessed pain and suffering, or felt their own. Walking through the darkest days can cause a positive change in some of us, but not for us all. I see this as a reality for the people affected by hepatitis c. Some will be cured and go on to live happy and fruitful lives while others; particularly those with advanced liver disease, will have a harder road ahead. I know several friends who deal with the reality of ongoing illness because of hep c. Cirrhosis is not easy to live with, and without proper care and monitoring can, be filled with lots of difficulties to say the least. Some of my friends and people I meet from the hep c community handle it well, while others do not.

On the whole I remain optimistic and positive about the future for people living with Hep C, whether diagnosed yet or not. As long as we can change the wrong attitudes that are far too prevalent, and beliefs that perpetuate the ignorance about the disease, there is hope.

I choose hope, even though I know that many are facing any number of difficult challenges in their lives. I look forward to a changed world, and believe that things continue changing-nothing is truly static or stationary.

…what has changed for you? Something good has come to you, I hope!

Changes?

Yes, I think life is full of changes; some good, some bad.

It is inevitable that things will change.

Lucky?

Maybe, but I never count on luck myself.

We can affect our outcome if we are in a position to make the choices necessary, or we are shown the opportunities available to do so.

Faults and all there is not so much that makes us different, and we all deserve a chance no matter what choices we have made in life.

This never changes in my mind, and you?

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