Lately, I haven’t been particularly mindful of hope.
In truth, sometimes I feel like it’s more suited to children’s fairy tales.
But the more I’ve turned the issue around in my mind, the more clearly I can see the role hope plays in managing diseases like fatty liver disease (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis), or NASH.
NASH is a common, often “silent”, liver disease. It resembles alcoholic liver disease, but occurs in people who drink little to no alcohol.
The major feature in NASH is fat in the liver, along with inflammation and damage.
Most people with NASH feel relatively well and are not aware that they have a liver problem.
Nevertheless, NASH can be severe and can lead to cirrhosis, where the liver is permanently damaged and no longer able to work properly.
There are no medical treatments for NASH, but a new breakthrough drug could change that; the drug helps reduce fat and inflammation in the liver.
The idea is: Get rid of the fat, get rid of the inflammation, and you quiet the disease.
Standing Our Ground
We can’t always be in control of everything in our lives. We will experience bad times, and during them, how can we manage to fight back?
It’s all about having hope for the future and believing that things are going to be better one day.
We need to dream!!!
Hope is a kind of positive expectancy that things will turn out well. Hope believes that good outcomes are possible, even against all odds.
The future is a pretty big place. So, maybe believing that we can influence it is a safer bet than believing we can’t control it.
Hope and optimism are strongly related. Optimism actively looks for the good in situations, people, and things. Optimism greases the wheels of hope and keeps it rolling.
For the eighty-million Americans who are affected by NASH, let’s keep the optimism and the developments for natural management treatments rolling.