The Ten Commandments For
1. Thou shalt regard the
word "Hepatitis" as just that: a word. Nothing more, nothing less, for its
meaning has changed mightily over the years as have such dreaded words as
Smallpox and Polio, once such dreaded ailments, now nearly non-existent as
maladies. Remain hopeful, as the cure shall come to those who shall be
present to bear it. Be present when it comes.
2. Thou shalt respect
and love thy Inteferon and thy other treatments, even as thyself, for they
are thy friends and champions. Although they exact a toll for their
endeavors, thy are oft more generous in the favors they bestow.
3. Thou shalt
participate fully in thy recovery. Thou shalt learn all the details of thy
ailment, thy diagnosis, thy prognosis, its treatments, conventional and
alternate. Thou shalt discuss them openly and candidly with thy hepatologist
and shalt question all thou does not comprehend.Then, thou shalt cooperate
intelligently and knowledgebly with thy doctor.
4. Thou shalt regard thy
ailment as a temporary detour in thy life and shalt continue to plan thy
future. Thy shall never, at any time, give up hope. Thy shalt set long-terms
goals for thyself, for thou will recover and in thou believing so will
contribute mightily to thy recovery.
5. Thou shalt express
thy feelings candidly and openly to thy loved ones for they, too, are
stricken. Thou shalt comfort and reassure them for they, too, need
comforting and reassurance, even as thou doest.
6. Thou shalt be a
comfort to thy fellow sufferers, providing knowledge, encouragement,
understanding and love. Thou shalt give them hope when there may be little,
for only in hope lies their salvation. And by doing so, thou providest
comfort for thyself, as well.
7. Thou shalt never
relinquish hope, no matter how thou may feelest at that moment, for thou
knowest at the deepest recesses of thy heart, that thou discouragement is
fleeting and that a better day awaits thee.
8. Thou shalt not regard
thy ailment as the sum total of thyself or thy life but as merely a part of
it. Fill your life with other diversions, be they mundane, daring,
altruistic or merely amusing. To fill your life with your ailment is to
surrender to it.
9. Thou shalt maintain,
in all times and nearly every circumstance thy sense of humor, for laughter
lightens thy heart and hastens thy recovery. This is not an easy task,
sometimes seemingly impossible, but it is a goal well worth the endeavor.
10. Thou shalt have
enduring and unassailable faith, whether thy faith be in a Supreme Being, in
Medical Science, in Thy Future, in Thyself, or in Whatever. Steadfastly
sustain thy faith for it shall sustain thee.
Edited from The Ten
Commandments For Cancer Survival:
by Paul H. Klein