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Preparing Your Mind for Hepatitis C Treatment

This week’s excerpt from Hepatitis C Treatment One Step at a Time – Inspiration and Practical Tips for Successful Treatment is from Chapter 2 Preparing for Treatment

PREPARE YOUR MIND

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. ~Patricia Neal

Although your body will bear the brunt of hepatitis C treatment, it is crucial that you prepare your mind for what is to come. Try to cultivate a positive attitude because a negative one can worsen your treatment experience. Hepatitis C medications will affect your moods. Striving to remain positive may give you an edge, by helping to combat those sour moods that aren’t medication-induced.

Before you begin, remind yourself that difficulties and delays may lie ahead. If you could see them clearly, naturally, you would do a great deal to get rid of them, but you can’t. You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal of becoming free of hepatitis C. Form a mental image of that goal and cling to it.

Saturate your environment with reminders to help you stay on course. Post encouraging words on your computer screensaver, cell phone, and mirror. This book provides quotes for every day. If you find a quote that shores you up, make a note of it. Here are some to get you started:

  • Acceptance of the unacceptable is the greatest source of grace in this world.—Eckhart Tolle
  • But screw your courage to the sticking-place and we’ll not fail. —William Shakespeare
  • Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. —John Wayne
  • Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose. —Tom Krause
  • Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear. —Amelia Earhart
  • If there is no struggle, there is no progress. —Frederick Douglass
  • If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude. —Amy Tan
  • I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. —Albert Einstein
  • Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I’m with you kid. Let’s go. —Maya Angelou
  • Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing—peace is the measure. —George Melton
  • The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources—spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical. Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going. —Norman Cousins
  • This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.—Winston Churchill

 

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