I knew something was wrong but couldn’t put my finger on it. I discussed how I was feeling with my primary care doctor and then did blood work. My doctor said she would call if there was anything to be concerned about. The call came and I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
There are many words to describe what I was feeling but it seemed to me another concern was how do I tell others? I didn’t have the knowledge on Hepatitis C so how would I explain this to others. I do remember hearing Hep C was a direct result of IV drug use but I didn’t fall in that category.
I was so worried about what others would think I lost all sight of the only person I needed to please and that was Jesus. I prayed on my way back to work and went straight to Human Resources where several sat wanting to hear and I told them I was positive for the Hep C virus. My doctor had given me a quick 101 on Hepatitis C so I repeated what she told me. There are many ways to contract this virus and most of us know what those are. See Facts & Myths on How Hepatitis C is Transmitted.
I was shocked at my co-workers response. Each one of them said they would support me in any way they could. I was given the option to work from home or I could go into the office, either way was my choice.
I feared sharing my diagnosis with others the most and yet by taking time to pray and receive comfort from God first it all came together like the Lord had planned. No one looked down on me and was quite the opposite. I was referred to Duke University and immediately I was put on a transplant list and the support poured in even more and mind you, I worked for one of the most prestigious Neurology firms in the state. I felt I wasn’t judged in any way.
I also took this information to my pastors and church family. I’ve been able to help two people within my church seek treatment. Others at church were supportive as well.
I believe once you share your Hep C diagnosis after the first time it becomes easier each time. It doesn’t matter how you got Hepatitis C, what is important is seeking treatment.
Sharing your Hep C diagnosis with others isn’t easy so pray God will help you find the words to share about this. I thought of Isaiah 41 “Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold my right hand.” Verse 13 says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear, I will help you.”
Sharing can be easier if you’re carrying Jesus Christ with you.
You cannot do this alone so encourage people to talk about this with others because having support makes the difference. Sharing equals support!
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