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Living Calmly with Hepatitis C

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://lucindaporterrn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/worry.jpg” captiontext=”Image courtesy of marin/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net”] The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.  ~Will Durant

For the majority of my life, fear was my primary reaction. Hepatitis C added fuel to my anxiety level.  I dove into worry needlessly, because I reacted without getting all the facts.  If my liver hurt, I was sure it indicated cancer or cirrhosis; it never was. If I needed a liver biopsy, I assumed it would hurt; it never did. When I started hepatitis C treatment, I could not fall asleep, certain that I would fall victim from every side effect imaginable.  I wasted an opportunity for a good night’s sleep.

Experience has taught me not to invite trouble into my life, and should it arrive, then I can deal with it. My motto is, “Get the information first; then panic.” This strategy has helped me skip a great deal of panic that I may have manufactured over nothing.

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