A message to those who have
been diagnosed with Hepatitis C
If you have recently been diagnosed with Hepatitis
C do not panic. Here are a few basic things you can do to become
more educated about the the situation you are facing.
1. Educate yourself on the disease. I do
know that Barnes and Noble and Borders do carry a good selection
of books on Hepatitis C that I do believe will be helpful to
you. Another way to educate yourself is through the Internet.
There are some wonderful web-sites with up to date information
on Hepatitis C. Most importantly, you want to educate yourself
for better understanding on which treatment option is best for
2. It is also important to find a good
doctor. By this I mean, a doctor that is knowledgeable about
your disease. A doctor that has answers to most of your questions.
You also want a doctor who is compassionate.
3. Where to find emotional support? Seek
out support groups. Ask your doctor
if he knows of one, contact local hospitals, and look in your
newspaper under self-help groups. It is so important to be around
people who have Hepatitis C. You will probably leave your first
support group meeting feeling very free and at ease. You will
see people at support groups who are just like you. There are
some that are at different emotional stages of the disease.
You will meet people who cry. You will meet people who laugh.
People who live. People who have accepted how their life has
changed. Yes it is possible to live with Hepatitis C, create
joy, happiness, and especially have fun. All of this is possible.
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