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What is the Truth?

The truth is a transient concept. As it applies to hep C, it can have a range of meanings and, like I always say, it is as varied as there are people. The fact is that others do not necessarily share one person’s truth, and our own truths can change with time. We all know these things, but please indulge me for a few more moments if you can.

What is the truth about hep C?

Again, my truths are certainly not the only truths there are. Some people claim to know the only truths but they are wrong as much as they are right, as I have found to be a truth.
Our truth – the truth of having lived with HCV is a very different version to someone who may study it or has spent time around us in some professional capacity. The doctor’s truth is different again, as is the nurse, scientist or health economist and so on.

There are some facts, which are for the moment indisputable. These facts are generally about the medical side of hep C and include what we know about genotypes, antibodies, and the rest that we have learned. Facts change. This is a fact that does not change, in my opinion. Opinion is another word packed with baggage we could explore another time.

Most people think that facts are truths, and I am no different in my inclination to believe in facts. They are not necessarily the same thing. One person’s facts are not always the same as another person, and that is more of a context issue. Interpretation of fact is really where the truth comes into it for me. What does one want the fact to do is always in question for me, and no I am not so prone to believe in conspiracy theories.

Some truths may not be universal

I am rambling a bit here and I apologize for my pretzel-like trip down the rabbit hole.
The “fact” is that truths are not absolutes that all of us can or should believe in. Not to say that we should not hold truths and have faith and hope, but challenging facts and truths is not something we should avoid.

You may wonder how this meets with disease and specifically hepatitis C, but for me it does. As I touched on before, if someone is suggesting that one decision or approach to your care or treatment is being promoted as the “only” path to take, we should question why and spend some time asking and seeking other opinions and options. Does it mean you should trust no one? Not at all, we do have to have trust in others who are more informed than us. What my hope is that we consider all the options when making major decisions and we come to a place where we feel it is the best decision for us. This is for me a “truth” or at least a good plan.

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