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What If?

What if? A good question…sometimes we ask this of ourselves and others, but when we dwell on the what-ifs when there is no constructive or productive answer and we keep asking the same question it can be both stifling and cause negative uncertainty. This is familiar territory in my past and sometimes I go down that road even though I know in my mind that it is not a positive activity that leads to any good result.

Backup Plans

We all indulge in what-ifs from time to time, and in some instances, it is a very good thing. We are all familiar with “plan B” and the logic in having a backup plan or alternative plan of action if the first try is not successful. It is an important part of planning actions or events, etc. Things don’t always go as planned, do they? This applies to hep C too, and in ways I see almost every day in peer navigation work. People find themselves without the best access to healthcare far too often and this is for some a frightening situation, and understandably so when faced with what is a scary diagnosis, like being told we have hep C.

The insecurity caused by worries over disease and access to care manifest as a potent stressor that can push us to the limits of our coping skills. There are some biophysical things going on as a result of stress, and they are meant to support us, but if not in the right balance, they can cause us harm. Managing stress and worry is a massive part of our work in peer support and navigation, and honestly, when I was faced with a diagnosis and uncertain prognosis it was no different. The worry over what if this or that was difficult to manage and caused anxiety and depression. Not a good result is it.

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

If any of this sounds familiar to you, it is a good idea to seek out help. Help takes many forms as we know, and community is an important piece of the whole. This is not the whole story with what ifs when it comes to accessing care to deal with our diagnosis. In the USA insurance looms very large in what kind of care you have access to. Recent attempts to change access by the political bodies in government look frightening for some despite the promises of improved access. There is uncertainty and because of this people may have added fear. Having no insurance is stressful when you are sick and cannot see a clear path to care.

But wait, what if you can find the care you need and deserve? That changes things in a very positive way, doesn’t it? Be tenacious if you can, have a plan and a backup plan, seek help if you need it and don’t give up no matter what you are told. The people who get the best results are the people who don’t give up and why would we when it is our health at stake.

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