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Moving Forward with Hepatitis C

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://lucindaporterrn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/road.jpg” captiontext=”Image courtesy of pixomar/FreeDigitalPhotos.net”] Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.  ~ Victor Kiam

Living with hepatitis C can be an opportunity to record numbers and progress, an activity that some find satisfying. However, the pleasure may vanish when results arrive. Liver enzymes, viral loads, and biopsy numbers increase; platelets decrease. It can be like looking at a downhill slope of declining health.

A friend told me something she learned from her voice teacher. When singing, the notes on the page go up and down, but the voice doesn’t rise and fall—it goes forward. These words may be applied to many things, but I thought it a perfect metaphor for living with hepatitis C. So often we think in “up” or “down” terms, whether discussing recent lab results or describing our health. What if instead, we think in terms of going forward. We don’t move backwards in life—we only move ahead.

These past few weeks as I watched my hemoglobin drop, I also watched my liver enzymes drop to lovely lows, and my hepatitis C disappear completely. Now that is what I call forward motion.

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