I was into my first week of Hep C treatment when adversity came knocking with side effects. I found a powerful and effective battle strategy. This is part of what I noted in my treatment journal that day.
“Dealing with Hep C treatment side effects can be new every day.  I thought about Forrest Gump this morning except I added a twist, ”Treatment for Hep C is like a box of chocolates, each day you never know what you’re doing to get."
Two months after my Hep C Treatment began, I posted this message.  The message is just as clear and relevant today as it was then.  See if you relate.
“Today is day 61, week 8 of triple therapy treatment for Hepatitis C.  What do you do when progress is the name of the game and adversity tries to throw you a curve?  Keep focused and keep moving forward.  Be ”unswering" like the Bible talks about in Hebrews 10:23. 
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”  Hebrews 10:23
The definition of swerve is to turn abruptly aside from a straight course. So to be “unswerving” is to hold fast, keep focused, stay the course, stand firm, overcome adversity.
Adversity came knocking at my door this morning and delivered a package I did not want.  I woke up to realize I was dealing with an additional infection.  So I jumped on it like a dog on a bone, called my doctor and described what was going on.  My doctor quickly responded, knew what the problem was and immediately called in some new medicine.  I am so thankful for their help.
Adversity: infection, sores, hair thinning.  Shift: New Meds (say good-bye infection!), medicine solution/ointment for the sores, for hair thinning, well it’s temporary and I started with lots of hair, besides I love hats.  New hair doo, hum, that’s something to ponder.
The One I have Faith in is bigger than adversity anyway. 
Lord, help me to remember today that even though adversity came calling, I don’t have to go for a ride.  My faith and focus is in you. Lord, my battle strategy is founded in you. You charge me to be a warrior on every front. Grant me the strength and might of your Holy Spirit to conqueror the enemy. Lead me in the steps I need to take today.  In Jesus name I ask and pray. Amen. 
Have you ever had days like that when adversity came calling?  In or out of Hep C treatment it happens doesn’t it?  Just like a box of chocolates, we never know what we’re going to get. But we can show adversity the door.
I am grateful for God’s steady, unswerving hand even through the storm of adversity, we don’t have to sink. Steady the course!  “Steady” that’s a great word for this week!
Has Adversity shown up at your door? What did you do?
This entry was originally published on Life Beyond Hepatitis C, October 5, 2015. It is reprinted with permission.