Feeling frightened, confused, angry, depressed, or even grieved when one is diagnosed with hepatitis C is natural. More so if one is feeling healthy at that moment. Life suddenly appears bleak and uncertain. How, why, when, can it be cured, can it be treated, is it infectious, is it contagious, how will my life change, is it life threatening? Such questions trouble the mind, adding to the stress.
What steps should you take to deal with a situation like this?
- Become aware: Collect as much information as you can about hepatitis C. The more you know, the better you will be able to deal with the situation. Knowledge is a weapon. Wield it.
- Discuss with your doctor: Talk to your doctor and nurse. Ask questions and seek clarifications. List all that you want to know. Note the answers.
It is treatable. Never forget that.
- Support: Never hesitate to talk to family and friends. Join a support group. Find out from others who have hepatitis C how they are dealing with it.
- Make lifestyle changes: Examine your lifestyle, habits, diet. Use the opportunity to bring positive changes in your life.