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The First Year–Hepatitis B: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

by William Finley Green, Hari Conjeevaram

Steve Bingham
Co-owner, Hepatitis B Information and Support List

After decades of near silence about a disease that affects billions of people, 2002 is shaping up to be a banner year for Hepatitis B (HBV) publications.

The first book to come out was Living with Hepatitis B: A Survivor’s Guide, co-written by hepatologist, Gregory T. Everson, and hepatitis C survivor, Hedy Weinberg. The second was Baruch S. Blumberg’s scientific memoir, Hepatitis B: The Hunt for a Killer Virus. And now we have William Finley Green’s Hepatitis B–The First Year, with the subtitle, “An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.”

As a “patient-expert” on HBV, Will Green walks you step-by-step through everything you need to do and learn each day of your first week after diagnosis, each subsequent week of the first month, and the following eleven months of the crucial first year.

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had HBV for a long time, this book is an excellent source of reference and uncommon knowledge about a virus that is confusing to patients as well as their doctors. Along with the easy to understand chapters on interpreting your test results and information on seeking treatment, the book is equally devoted to the everyday hurdles of coping with HBV as a chronic illness. Will’s book would also be an interesting read for those struggling with the other common hepatitis, Hepatitis C. There are many overlapping issues involving the two diseases.

Each chapter of the book is divided into a Living and a Learning section. The Living section deals with the emotional experience. The Learning section satisfies your need for data and science. Personal stories are sprinkled throughout with just the right dash of humor.

In clear, concise, accessible language, Will starts with coming to terms with the diagnosis and then moves on to subjects including:

  • Strategies for accomplishing necessary lifestyle changes
  • Guidelines and tips for modifying your diet
  • Stress management and exercise
  • Choosing the right doctor
  • Discussing your condition with family, friends, and co-workers
  • Current medical research and treatments
  • Handling sexual and social relationships
  • Effective alternative therapies
  • Support group resources

As Will explains, “I’ve written this book to answer the questions and provide the insights I desperately sought after my own diagnosis. When I was diagnosed, I went out to find a book about hepatitis B. There was nothing at the local library or bookstores. I was confused and felt alone. No one seemed to be able to tell me what was ahead as I embarked upon the HBV experience. So, after years of complaining about a lack of patient guides, I decided to stop whining and start writing.”

This is a brave, impressive first book for Will, who has a diverse and interesting background. He is an artist, writer and Italian translator. He has a degree in English from Oberlin College and has spent ten years abroad in England, France, and Italy. He specializes in marketing, branding, and pharmaceutical translations for major multinational companies. Will was officially diagnosed with hepatitis B in 1993, but has been living with the disease since childhood. He lives in Chicago and Wisconsin.

The book is available in paperback at all major bookstores or at the Hepatitis B Foundation bookstore. To order from HBF, call 215-489-4900 or visit www.hepb.org. To purchase from Amazon and make a donation to the HCV Advocate, click here

To read reviews of other books on HBV, click here

Copyright 2002 -- Hepatitis C Support Project – All Rights Reserved. Permission to reprint is granted and encouraged with credit to the Hepatitis C Support Project

September 2002

 

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