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Oct 09, 2009 - 3 comments

Hepatitus C

Two years ago I came here and was so overwhelmed at the time that I wrote the last entry.  I had always worked, been healthy, positive and all of a sudden was hit by numerous health issues.  They didn't creep up on me, instead they jumped me from behind and knocked me out.  I lost my job, home, all possessions and waited for disability.  I had to go on food stamps, get free county medical help and live in a studio with 5 cats and my husband and 27 year old son.  The treatment didn't work and physically I am in worse shape.....but.....I still have my family, the cats and a roof over my head, disability was approved although they have cut off my food stamps and I won't get medical until 2011!!  It is funny, go one step forward and two back.

I have learned that I cannot hide my head under the covers and pretend that this is not happening.  I have to reach out and care for others, letting people know about this virus and giving them hope, while they give me hope.  I need the community of others to share and cry with, to laugh and give hope to.

I cannot walk this path alone.  Not only am I dealing with death and poor health, but am also trying to prepare my son and husband for the future.  I do not want to do it with a lot of negative energy, but with laughter and love.

I am so glad that this site is here and I sincerely hope to get to know all the people here and to share and grow.

Together, we can slay the dragon and have a future!

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by ArthursMom, Oct 09, 2009
Your ability to reach out and touch others is so admirable, IMO!  You'll draw a lot of support that way.   I tend to be more reserved and "self protective", usually, and end up dealing with a lot of "stuff" alone. Your family is very blessed that you have such a positive outlook.

by newleaf09, Oct 09, 2009
I'm 57, 2 kids 32 and 27, married for a long time.  Was where you are now about this time last year.  Just reading about cirrhosis is enough to make you want to go to bed for a few weeks.  I successfully treated and that's behind me now and I am waiting to re-biopsy to see where I am now.  The virus was not what killed my liver (results 3/4 last November when I started TX), over-using one of the NSAID's did.  I kind of lost sight of that during the TX whirlwind but am now feeling hopeful because I stopped taking the NSAID one year ago and without that OR the HCV virus beating on me any more I am actually looking forward to having my liver cork-screwed next June.  Be cautious with your health; watch everything that goes in your mouth or that you come into contact with.  Cirrhosis is reversible for those who stopping accidentally inviting it.  I'm pulling for you.

by kiowa806, Nov 18, 2009
your words have been music to my ears.Thank you { I think my ears are the only part of my body that doesn't hurt} LOL thanks again

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