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Feb 19, 2012 - 12 comments




It has been an exhausting weekend.  A couple of committments kept me out much longer than I could tolerate on these meds.  Thankfully, it is a 3 day weekend, so I have a bit more time to rest.  I visited a friend in rehab.  Had to attend a counseling meeting beforehand and the story below was included.  While I was there, I had to leave to take my meds, as you can't just pop pills in the facility.  One of the counselors questioned me about my meds and what they were for.  To my surprise, when I figured there was no harm in telling him I was being treated for Hep C.....he asked me what my viral load was!  Who does that?!  So it let me know right away that he knew about tx.  He was very interested in my progress and asked about clinical trials.  It was so "nice", for lack of a better word....well, maybe "refreshing" to be able to talk face to face with someone who knew about Hep C tx.  No judgement, no assumptions.  All of us are going through something.  This forum gives us opportunity to help and be helped.  Encourage and be encouraged.  Hoping the story below (given to visitors at rehab today) will inspire you.

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.
He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and spun the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. He jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid who was standing there and pushed him against a parked car shouting, "What do you think you are doing, boy?"

Building up a head of steam he went on, "That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?"

"Please sir, please. I'm sorry, I didn't know what else to do," pleaded the youngster.

"I threw the brick because no one else would stop..."

Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car.

"It's my brother, sir," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair, sir? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat .He lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay.

"Thank you and may God bless you, sir," the grateful child said to him.
The man then watched the little boy push his brother toward their home.

It was a long walk back to his Jaguar...a long slow walk.

He never did repair the side door.

He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.

God whispers in your soul and speaks to your heart.

Sometimes when you don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at you.

It's your choice:

Listen to the whisper...

or wait for the brick.

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by libzo2, Feb 20, 2012
Wow, thank you, I needed that.

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by beeblessed, Feb 21, 2012
Me too.  Thanks for stopping by Libzo :)

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by blondie717, Feb 21, 2012
Wow Libzo that was a touching story! Thanks
Ya know I too visited a friend @ rehab 2 wks ends ago and had to go to a counseling meeting.  I was surprised to learn one of the counselors had had hep C and treated for it. Good for you.  Hope your friend fare's well  ....Ginger

1420486 tn?1384793153
by blondie717, Feb 21, 2012
oops I mean beeblessed. But hi anyways libzo

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by beeblessed, Feb 21, 2012
Hi Ginger, thanks for stopping by!  Wow, that is interesting that you had to go to a meeting also AND came across a counselor with Hep C.  Small world.  We just never know.  The story they gave us was a good eye opener on how quickly we often go through life.  I mean -- it's the end of February, and I am still doing year end projects!  LOL :)


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by blondie717, Feb 21, 2012
beblessed, I guess alot of the folks who work @ the rehab places , were @ one time users, who quit ;-)  Have fun.

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by Roman_13, Feb 27, 2012
What a great story !! Sad but true when you least expect it something hits you like a brick!!!

Thanks for sharing

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by beeblessed, Feb 28, 2012
Blondie -- Yeah, I'm pretty sure they all were at this place.  It's part of the program to give to back.

Roman -- Thanks!  Yeah, tomorrow's never promised......but some of the things I see people doing, they only live in the moment they are driving and texting at the same time.  Always thinking they have all the time in the world and that things only happen to somebody else.

Bee :)

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by Revalation, Feb 28, 2012
I needed that inspiration
Sometimes we need to pause and count our blessings.



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by Dee1956, Feb 28, 2012
Thank you so very much for the wonderful story, this tx has taught me so many things, when I felt as if the world were spinning by and I was sitting still I could understand how someone with a brain disorder could feel.  Your story reminded me of that time and what I learned from it and now from you
Thank you so much
It is refreshing to find someone who knows what you are going through
I am tired of the stigma, as if it is not something worth knowing about or discussing.  
Take care
I am close to 3 weeks away from Pegintron, I feel so much better!!

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by starshine1ca, Mar 04, 2012
That was absolutely awesome Bee and thank you for sharing that.....needed some inspiration today!!

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by beeblessed, Mar 10, 2012
Hi there.  Thanks everyone!  I am behind on my replies but wanted to let you know I did see this.  So glad this inspired you, as it did me.


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