Although I am cured of hepatitis C, being cured hasn’t fixed all my problems. This week I discovered for the umpteenth that I could be judgmental, skeptical, and small-minded. And wrong.
My story begins when an ad popped up on Facebook. The ad was for hepatitis C and it was from Pack Health. I was immediately suspicious. I thought, “This is probably some sort of pharmaceutical company spying on my Facebook account.” I became surly and defensive. I was going to get to the bottom of this. My biggest concern was that these ads were going to patients. I needed to find out if they should be warned.
Let’s take a step back here. I am not normally paranoid, and haven’t been certifiably crazy for at least 27 years. I have no idea of why I was so reactive, but all I can say is, I was ridiculously suspicious. Perhaps the fact that many patients are being denied treatment was wearing me down. Plus the $299 price tag (more about that later) made my eyebrows rise. Whatever the reason, I was pretty sure I was going to find some reason to not trust Pack Health.
I was so wrong. My dealings with Pack Health uncovered an amazing company with a product like none I’ve ever seen offered to hepatitis C patients. It is fantastic. I won’t be able to do it justice, so you will have to find out for yourself by going to the Pack Health website, and perhaps calling them (855-255-2362). Here is a snapshot of what they offer…
You get a pack in the mail. It contains information and tools to help you improve your health. There is no hype, push for hepatitis C treatment, or drug info. It all centers on health. The tools help you plan, act, and hopefully improve your health. There is even a pedometer in the pack. It’s practical, stylish, and motivating. It screams hope.
Here is the really cool part – you don’t do this alone. You have a health adviser, sort of a supportive coach, helping you. The adviser doesn’t judge you or chastise you – the adviser works with you to find ways to set and reach goals. Little goals – not goals like run a 100 miles – more like walk around your table goals.
Oh, and right now there is a free offer. Completely free.
Since I am reviewing this product, I have a minor criticism. On the bottom of some pages there are useful tidbits, such as, “Did you Know?…” The font is too light and difficult to read. Readability is an important need for baby boomers who are already using reading glasses.
The other way I’d improve this is by giving a link to patient support groups, such as Hep Forums, or the many other helpful groups. I would have added Help4Hep and HepMag.com to the community resource list.. If I had extra room, I might also add the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable just because they are so critically important in a national way.
Other than that, Pack Health exceeds my expectations and I recommend you sign-up ASAP. In addition to hepatitis C, Pack Health offers help for type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and cancer pain and fatigue.
The moral of this story, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” Pack Health’s hepatitis C program is truly a gift.
Pack Health, if you are reading this, please accept my apology. Truly, this is a great service, and I wish I had thought of it too. Glad you did!
Lucinda K. Porter, RN is the author of two books, Free from Hepatitis C and Hepatitis C Treatment One Step at a Time. She also blogs at HepMag.com.