Introducing myself: Hi!

By Dr GaryCA Latest Activity February 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm Views 2,024 Replies 4

Dr Gary

As a therapist and educator, I work with clients who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening medical condition. I have often worked with clients facing hepatis, especially Hep C, as well as Hep C/HIV co-infection.

I have also written for various healthcare publications and recently completed a supplementary textbook for nursing students, After the Diagnosis: How Patients React and How to Help Them Cope. I have written for a couple of hepatitis publications on issues facing both individuals facing hepatitis and their families, as well as on Hep C/HIV co-infection.

I help my clients with the issues that you may also be experiencing: getting beyond the initial shock; facing emotions like fear, anger, and sadness; gathering information; communicating with healthcare professionals and negotiating the healthcare system; building (and rebuilding) family relationships; managing the challenges of medical treatment; making lifestyle changes, maintaining self-image, and creating a vision for the future.

Having a strong support group is valuable in so many ways. When people who have been touched by HIV get together in groups – sharing ideas and information, swapping stories, offering words of kindness and encouragement… a collective energy is unleashed that empowers everybody!

I hope you’ll join us and become part of our community. We’re here for you 24/7. Post what’s on your mind and, chances are, there’s somebody who can relate to you from their own experiences. Don’t go through this alone!

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  • John Lavitt
    John LavittPA December 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm   

    Dr. Gary, today I was interviewing Alan Franciscus from HCV Advocate for an interview that will be posted on the site in the new year. He has been on the front lines of HCV advocacy since 1997. When I told him how you are a main advocate on the Hepatitis Connect site, he was very impressed that we had a professional with your experience as a resource and advocate.

  • SilviaP
    SilviaP December 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm   

    I lost my brother to Aids Sept 29th. He was diagnosed in June and although 7 weeks after starting treatment his viral load was undetected, the damage had already been done. I really wish I had met you back then.

    Being an advocate is not easy. I joke and say I do it because I like attempting the impossible. Your area of expertise makes you a wonderful resource. It's nice meeting you.

  • John Lavitt
    John LavittPA December 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm   

    Silvia, thank you for joining the site. I appreciated your insightful feedback on Facebook, and I look forward to having you as part of our community.

  • robertoj
    robertoj August 17, 2011 at 5:04 am   

    Thank you for your introduction. You have an important message for the community. I hope that everyone utilizes the information that you supply.