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Standing between Hepatitis C and Hope

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://lucindaporterrn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/hope.jpg” captiontext=”Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net”] Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself~ Samuel Butler

Twenty-five years ago, I acquired hepatitis C. I was a fearful person, and as hepatitis C unleashed its destruction, I felt whipped and defeated. Quickly I came to a realization—having hepatitis C was one thing; suffering with it was another matter altogether. In short, suffering was a choice, and one that I was not going to make.

I have been given many teachers these past twenty-five years, most of them patients. Fellow journeyers living with hepatitis C showed me how to embrace life, how not to fear hepatitis C or its treatment. Patients showed me to live as a warrior, one with a pen rather than a sword.

If you fear hepatitis C, its treatment, or other life challenges, I invite you to find a new way to live—to consider that life can be lived without fear.

The London-based newspaper, The Times, asked a number of authors to write on the topic, “What’s wrong with the world?” English writer, G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) wrote, “Dear Sirs, I am. Sincerely yours, G.K. Chesterton”.

When I ask what is wrong in my life, the answer usually is “my thinking.” The answer is nearly always the same, “Let go, be grateful, forgive myself and others, and enjoy this precious miracle.”

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