Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Why I've Decided to Treat My Hepatitis C Infection Now

Hepatitis C is often called the dragon.
I guess my new occupation is
"dragon slayer."
So today is THE big day.  Today I go talk to my hepatologist about treating my chronic Hepatitis C infection.

I admit I am feeling a whole bunch of things as I write this, from anxiety and fear to determination and courage. You know what?  I'm O.K. with it.  I bet I am going to feel a whole gambit of emotions by the time I cross the treatment finish line six months from now.

For you, my readers, I wanted to mark this occasion, so I filmed a short video blog or vlog in which I share some of my thoughts about why I am choosing to treat my Hepatitis C infection now. 

As you heard, I've got a lot of ground to cover. 

I plan to record more vlogs to explain what Hepatitis C is, the risk factors for contracting Hepatitis C and the impact it has on the lives of those with live with it.  I also want to share bits and pieces from my own personal story of living with and fighting "the dragon." 

Most of all, I am going to be using my vlogs to document my journey through Hepatitis C treatment.

In the meantime, I encourage you to visit the HCV Advocate website for more information about Hepatitis C.  You can also read more about the correlation between HCV and type 2 diabetes by reading the article Surprising Findings about Hepatitis C and Insulin Resistance over at the Science Daily blog.

Through this experience, I would like to become a better advocate for people living with Hepatitis C, as well as encourage those with risk factors for HCV to get tested, find out their status and start taking extra special care of their liver and their precious health.

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