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Hepatitis C: A Balancing Act

Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death. ~ Frederick Buechner


Labor Day is a good day for reflection. It is a day devoted to resting from work. Since my work centers around hepatitis C, a virus that I have lived with since 1988, it is hard for me to get away from it. In addition, I have the problem of wanting to help others. This shouldn’t be a problem, but if I am out of balance, serving others is a hindrance—to myself and to others.

Hepatitis C may drive us to be wrapped up in ourselves or be wrapped up in others. Whether it is a person, a principle, or a deeply felt cause, we can plunge head first into helping others, and forget to help ourselves. I speak from experience. I learned the hard way, and sadly more than once, that if I put others before myself, my health and spirit will hemorrhage out, depleting what I need to live well with hepatitis C.

Living well with hepatitis C is a balancing act, between helping others and helping myself. Doing the right amount of each keeps me connected to my root of inner wisdom. By maintaining inner peace, I maintain my health.

And on that note, I am resting this Labor Day.

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