Please Share Your Story
Would you be willing to share your story with others, to help raise awareness of the many faces of HE? I am writing a book that will share as many patient stories as possible. I hope you will consider being a part of this first-ever book about HE. My goal is to include at least 50 patient stories (either written by the patients themselves, or by loved ones). It has become increasingly clear to me as I communicate with HE patients around the world that there are FAR more of us than previously thought.
Will you join me in showing themany faces of HE? If you are willing to join in this effort, please email your story to hesilverlining@yahoo (.com of course). Please take a look at this outline so that you can have an idea what to write about, and the order in which to tell your story:
How did you receive the diagnosis of HE? Who made the diagnosis? When did you receive the diagnosis? Were you hospitalized? What did your test results show?
III. Initial Treatment
What was the initial treatment? (be specific) How did you respond? What did your doctor(s) think about your response?
IV. Follow-up Treatment
What was your treatment AFTER the initial treatment? (be specific) How did you feel during treatment? what was your response to treatment? Did you have side effects? Did the medication have to be adjusted or changed? How did treatment affect your symptoms?
What are your symptoms today? Are you able to work? drive? care for children/family? How does HE impact your daily life? Do you receive disability payments? (if so, please describe what kind of compensation you received, and how the process worked for you)
VI. How has having HE changed your outlook on life?
What is your emotional reaction? Has HE changed in the way you look at life? Has HE changed your spiritual outlook, if you have one? Are you optimistic? Pessimistic? Has HE impacted your relationships with others?
VII. Other observations
Please feel free to add your thoughts on other subjects relating to HE.