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When You Feel Like a Burden.

When You Feel Like a Burden

This blog is for those of us who feel like a burden when they’re sick. Let me start off by saying that my family and friends did their best to support me in every way. I give a lot of thanks for all that was done for me. But there was, and still is, a huge part of me that feels like a burden with hepatitis C. I’m working on that, and making a list for me became making a list for you too.

What to do when you feel like a burden to others:

Stop apologizing

I’ve begun to realize how often my sentence have started with “I’m sorry, but…” Sometimes, I’m asking for help and hate to bother anyone. But there are times when I need an item from the store or a drive to the doctor. I’m not sorry that I need another human being. I don’t like to inconvenience anyone, but I’m not sorry. Sorry has a negative quality that makes me feel like I’m a burden. I’m always polite when asking and grateful for help. That’s not a being a burden, that’s being a blessing.

Realize you’re a valuable human being

Yes, I go for all of that “feel good” type of thinking. It sure beats lying around feeling like a burden. When you hesitate to ask for help, think about what you would do if someone asked you to do something for them. You would probably be willing to help out your fellow man. So, think about the fact that you are so very worthy of letting others help you out. If you help someone, you actually feel good about it because you value that person. Let someone else show you are valuable by helping you out. They will get the good feeling that comes from lending a hand to someone in need.

Draw a line in the sand

I hate to think that someone may have purposefully made you feel like you were a burden. If anyone has said that to you, it can really hurt. These kind of people don’t understand how to give and take in the human race. You’re a little ahead of them on how to live in harmony with others. Sometimes we have to walk away from people like that. It can be very hard, especially if it’s someone you love. If they are creating a sense that you are a burden, you have to back off for a while and give yourself some space. Maybe that’s all they need too, and you will reconnect later. Don’t be afraid to step away until their attitude changes.

Look for patterns when you feel like a burden

If you are apologizing all the time, it can be a sign. If you let it go too far, you may begin to experience feelings of sadness or depression because you don’t feel like a valuable human being who deserves love. Eventually, you can get your sense of self worth back, even if you have to put distance between yourself and someone who feels like you’re a burden. You deserve to have safe connections with others while you are dealing with health problems from the hepatitis C virus.

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  • auntEM
    2 years ago

    What kind of symptoms are you having? I am having bad heartburn and insomnia.
    Do the symptoms get worse as you progress in the program?

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    2 years ago

    Dear One,

    You are a sweet member of this community. Thanks for reaching out. The older treatments I was on did get worse symptoms. I’m hoping someone will tell you their experience about the new ones. What are you on?
    Insomnia sucks because it borrows energy from tomorrow. We never get caught up!
    Heartburn – I still carry a purse size package of antacid tablets all the time. It might help to sit up a little during the night too. That can help with acid burning.
    Stay in touch with the community and it will help you see this through. THEN you can start your life full force again!
    xo Karen

  • mrazzi50
    2 years ago

    I’m in the 2nd month of treatment and I feel worse than I did before I knew I was sick.
    I’m not sorry I started this journey.. I feel very blessed to have been given a chance to heal and start over my Life ❣
    I am just so looking forward to seeing this through and hopefully feeling better and alive again

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    2 years ago

    I remember that exact feeling and it sucks. In fact, I was putting on some make up this morning and had a flash back to when I was trying to work on treatment. I was a scary mess.
    All I can say is that it takes a lot of determination. You’re having hung in there for 2 months says a lot about YOU. There is an end to this. You’ll get there. It brings tears to my eyes just typing this. Hang on. You sound like a positive person who has some big plans for the future.
    Those negative thoughts? They’re just that. Thoughts that you might have to brush away repeatedly…
    Keep me posted. Sry it took so long to answer. xo Karen

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