If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa
Hepatitis C can either isolate you, or connect you to others. The first ten years I had hepatitis C, I never met another person who also knew they had hepatitis C. When I connected with others who were living with hepatitis C, I felt like I found my long-lost tribe.
I don’t like everyone I meet who has hepatitis C, but I respect them. I know they are doing battle with a virus that replicates a trillion times a day. Many of us don’t feel well, don’t think well, and in addition to hepatitis C, we struggle with all of the rest of life. Life doesn’t care if you have hepatitis C—it still has ups and downs, which need to be dealt with through the fog of hepatitis C.
The hepatitis C community enriches my life, and its people remind me of how precious this life is. We help each other because we care, and our compassion helps us remember that we belong to each other. This gives me peace.
Do you feel connected to people in your life? If so, take a moment to name those who you hold especially dear, and in your heart, say thank you to each. If you are feeling disconnected to others, spend a moment reflecting on why this is. Are you giving too much? Isolating? Resisting relationships? Feeling depressed? If you don’t know why you aren’t feeling connected, put the question aside, and trust that you will receive insight in due time.
Don’t forget Mother Teresa’s words—we belong to each other, and that is how we claim peace.