Today is the official launch of my second hepatitis C book, Hepatitis C Treatment One Step at a Time. I lived with hepatitis C for twenty-five years, and if you had told me in 1988 that I would write two books about this disease, I would have thought you were delusional.
Although Hepatitis C Treatment One Step at a Time was conceptualized before my first book was (Free from Hepatitis C), this new one lived in my heart the longest. I wanted to find a way to walk through treatment with patients, to be along side of as many as I could. The book helps prepare you for treatment, and provides daily entries offering a quote, encouragement, and practical tips to help patients stay on track. A hepatitis C advocate who previewed the book wrote, “You have managed to create the experience of being there and holding someone’s hand through treatment…There isn’t anything like this out there.” Her words confirmed that I had met my goal.
A book is a community effort. I am not going to name all those who helped me, and risk leaving out people much like what happens during the Academy Awards acceptance speeches. I do want to mention my fellow hepatitis C patients—you taught me the most. Thank you all.
I’ll end this post with an excerpt from the foreword of Hepatitis C Treatment One Step at a Time, written by Diana L. Sylvestre, MD (Executive Director, OASIS Clinic, Oakland, C): “Our mantra is: If one of us has hepatitis C, all of us have it. It doesn’t matter who you are or how you got it, the more you know about hepatitis C the better your outcomes will be.”
May this book help you know more about hepatitis C, and to heal from it, one step at a time.