New Hepatitis C Book: Breaking Free of Hepatitis C, A Personal Journey
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"Authorís new book brings hope, with kick in the pants Attitude!!"
Healthy Hepper.com Interviews Gregory David, author of Breaking Free of Hepatitis C, A Personal Journey
Interview conducted October 23, 2009
1. Please tell us about yourself and why you wrote your book.
Eleven years ago, I made my first journal entry documenting my fight with Hepatitis C. The truth be known; it was a way for me to keep my sanity at a very confusing time in my life. I was scared, and a journal seemed to help cope with a disease I knew very little about. In the back of my mind, I hoped that someday my journal would become a source of hope for others. As the years past, the idea of my journal becoming a book was put on the back burner. Then in 2008, the book: Breaking Free from Hepatitis C, A Personal Journey started to take shape. For the remainder of that year and into 2009, I worked on the book whenever time permitted. I feel the book gives the reader an "insiders look" at what it is like to be infected with Hepatitis C, and also gives the friends and family of those infected a better understanding of what their loved ones are going through.
2. Any recommendations for those who are newly diagnosed with HCV?
NEVER GIVE UP!! Learn all you can about the disease and become pro-active in every aspect of your prescribed treatments. Don't let the disease consume you; but gain an understanding of all the conventional therapies as well as alternative therapies available. Most importantly, and I can't stress this enough; have the attitude that you will do whatever it takes to beat this disease. I had been told by health professionals time and time again, "don't get your hopes up, there is a possibility that you may live with this disease the rest of your life." My response to that was, "I will be one of the success stories!". Once I got over the initial shock of the diagnosis, I made up my mind that "failure was not an option", and I lived by that on a daily basis.
3. What can modern conventional medicine offer someone with HCV, and what do you consider a cure?
For me personally; the conventional dual therapy of Interferon and Ribavirin offered a cure. Although the success rates in general leave much to be desired, and the side effects are interesting to say the least; I've experienced 11 years of virus free test results which I consider cured. For many though, the conventional therapies fail to offer a cure. It's not uncommon to hear of people who are on their second and third round of treatments. It's for those folks that I wrote the book, in hopes of giving them the same "failure is not an option" attitude.
4. Do you believe the Hepatitis C virus can be eliminated with natural medicines, and do you think someone with Hep C should take just conventional medicine or should they also use natural supplements?
Although I personally did not use any natural or alternative therapies in my fight against Hepatitis C at the time; mostly because I was unaware of them, I believe they can be very beneficial. For many years I have followed a daily supplementation program. I have heard of accounts where natural and alternative medicines have helped in a variety of cases, and believe that they can be useful when used in conjunction with conventional therapies. In some instances, natural and alternative therapies have shown to be effective when conventional medicine has failed. Today more and more health professionals are becoming aware and open to other means of treating their patients. I suggest discussing all therapy options with your health professional to design a regiment that is best suited for the individual patient.
5. What can conventional medicine do for someone with cirrhosis, and once someone is diagnosed with cirrhosis, is it too late to turn to alternative therapy?
It's never too late to keep fighting with whatever conventional or alternative therapy is available to you. In my opinion, no matter what the diagnosis; cirrhosis or otherwise, seek out a health professional who is not only an expert in conventional medicine but who is also well versed in natural and alternative therapies. At the very least, a health professional who is willing to work with and consider other therapies available.
6. What do you think about the negative side effects of interferon/ribavirin, and what are your beliefs about the effects of this treatment on your health?
In the book, I described the side effects I experienced over the first few weeks and how they changed over the year that followed. The first night of treatment was something I didn't want to go through again; but I did! As time went on, the initial side effects lessened and a whole new set of side effects presented themselves. Looking back on it now; I'm sure my body was put through the ringer, but the outcome was worth it.....Virus free! Eleven years have passed and as far I know, I haven't experienced any negative residual effects from the therapy.
7. What is the one thing you want to share with people who suffer from Hep C that you think might help them over come some of the difficulties they face, and is there anything else you would like to share?
More and more, we are finding that attitude and belief are instrumental in affecting medical outcomes. By adopting a "failure is not an option" attitude, along with the belief that you will beat the disease you are fighting no matter what; can lead to higher success rates when using everything medically available both conventional and alternative. You've heard it before, "Attitude is Everything"!
There is another aspect I think is important to consider; and that is Spirituality. Someone once told me; "Pray as if it all depends on Him, and work as if it all depends on you", and believe me, I did!
Never give up my Friends, NEVER GIVE UP!!
Healthy Hepper.com Review
This book is an easy read. It is a book of hope, attitude, personal thoughts and insights. It is not a medical book, nor does it offer medical advice. I do think that it would be great for those who choose to pursue conventional medicine treatment to help keep up their spirits and give them a story of someone who understands what they are facing.