Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. In time, it can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. Many people live with the disease, as a matter of fact it is estimated that 220,697 to 245,987 Canadians are living with it. The question becomes how do you live with someone suffering from the disease and help them cope?
- Understand the virus – If you live with someone who has hepatitis C, it will be important to find out more about the virus so you can prevent transmission and have a greater understanding of what the person you are living with is experiencing. If you understand more about how the virus is transmitted, the effects on an individual’s health and well-being, the side effects and impact of treatment, this will put you in a better position to provide support, care and understanding.
- Provide an environment of healthier living – A healthy and well balanced diet, reducing your caffeine intake and drinking plenty of water are all positive things you can do for your liver and their health. Help them get mentally active, through regular exercise that can help in many aspects. Improved self-esteem, sleep, and increased energy will help both your partner and you.
Living with Hepatitis C is difficult for both the person carrying the virus and their loved ones. Finding ways to support both physically and mentally will help everyone through this journey.
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