I do hope my friends are well whether, pre-treatment, in treatment, post treatment, opting our of treatment or anywhere else along the Hep continuum. And what a continuum it is!
The one thing we share in common, the disease, can be as unique and complex as anyone it plants it's prolific little cells into. I've recently been realizing that living with and attempting to recovery from Hep C [I still haven't hit the magic 6 month milestone] has a lot in common with recovery from addiction.
- It does not discriminate, anyone can fall prey to addiction or Hep C.
- A result of the first point is that people who would otherwise not have even known each other often develop a special bond than is born of struggle and isolation.
- There are Universal emotions, physical manifestations and social consequences [stigma] and yet the way we perceive and cope with these Universalities as unique as our individual capacities.
- Accepting the reality of our condition usually takes a considerable amount of time.
- The decision we must make regarding how we will deal with our problem is fraught with confusion, anxiety and fear; which is often only complicated by the well meaning but often ill informed and conflicting advice from others.
- Treatment sucks.
- We learn a lot about ourselves during treatment, but because it sucks we often don't realize it until much later.
- Other people neglect to tell us that it's going to take quite some time to feel better.
- The relapse rates are generally higher than the success rates.
|We're all in this together!|
So why on Earth do we go this?
Hope, and because know we are not alone.
We may stumble, we may fall...but we will not surrender.
© 2011 Jennifer Hazard