Posted in Children and Hep C
WHETHER to have children is one of the major decisions you will make or have made in your lifetime. Having hepatitis C makes this decision even harder. Children are a huge responsibility even if a patient does not have a chronic illness. Those of us whwant children may fear that we will transmit the virus tour kids or get tosick tcare for them. Some of us alsworry that potential partners may shy away from us if they want thave kids.
Posted in Your Treatment
“I saw a flyer posted on a telephone pole by my house boasting: ‘Miracle Cure for Hep C: Selenium. ’ I went out and bought a bottle of selenium. Then I looked up the ‘miracle cure’ Web site, and it was this crazy site with all of these political rants that made nsense. Like selenium was going tcause world peace. I got worried because I thought my selenium might not be good for anything at all. But then I did more searches on the Web and found out that selenium was goodfor hep C, it just wasn’t a miracle cure. ”
Posted in Depression
THERE’S nodoubt that a positive attitude can make a huge difference in how we feel - and in our actual health. But it’s hard tfeel positive about having hep C. We were both really upset when we received our diagnoses, but this is different from being chronically depressed. There’s
Posted in Lifestyle
“The heauty of hep C is that it gets you healthy. Literally. Whatever junk-scarfing, dope-taking, ho - hagging kind of freak you were before you got the news, step inta room with some well-coiffed MD whtells you that, thanks tyour racy lifestyle, you could be dead in a year - depending on whether your liver goes straight intfull-on cirrhosis and cancer mode, or takes its time about it - and the words 'wake-up call’don'tget within shouting distance of conveying thefrisson of mortality that screamsfrom your spinal cord tyour scrotum and back up again.
Posted in Alcoholic Liver Disease
Alcoholism is an ill-defined term for the condition characterized by alcohol consumption that causes psychosocial or medical problems. Everyone would recognize the patient in Case 1 as the typical “skid row alcoholic” but may have a harder time recognizing the patients in Cases 2 and 3 as having disorders caused by alcohol until it is too late. In fact, an alcohol use disorder was recognized too late in Case 2. Fortunately for the patient described in Case 3, he had a problem that brought him to medical attention early in life.