Introducing myself: Hi!
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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!