Living with a chronic illness is not easy. In fact, it can be extremely hard!
Even well-meaning family members don’t completely understand the struggles and hardships that those with chronic illness experience on a daily basis. The hurt, the shame, and the fear from this lack of empathy can be immobilizing.
Every single day, we struggle to make it through another day. We often hide our pain, suffering and fear so we don’t burden or upset those we know, or we simply retreat into ourselves because we know that we won’t get the support we need from anyone we know.
Some of us even act as if we’re perfectly fine when we’re hurting all over; we push ourselves to the limit simply in order to please others.
This added burden sometimes makes us feel like imposters inside our own skin.
The time is now to stop the madness! Stop worrying about how others view you. Take control over your own health and life.
Accept yourself. Acknowledge your struggles and stop hiding the pain!
Don’t worry about what others will think about you. The only thing that matters is how you care about yourself.
The best way to improve your confidence and self-esteem is to have a clear-cut strategy on managing your illness and taking control of your life. Here are some tips that can help you gain control:
Manage the Burdens
When you have a chronic illness, you have to use creativity and perseverance to get through it; you have to find solutions that others have missed.
Take money, for instance – when you have a chronic illness, the costs can be outrageous and many of us are not yet well enough to work. Some of us will never be able to work part or full-time, and that’s okay. However, the cash-strapped health warrior cleverly evaluates her financial situation and outsmarts the insurance company. She asks about less expensive or generic medications. She finds lower co-payment coupons from her physicians or pharmaceutical manufacturer. She seeks more inexpensive alternative treatments.
In essence, they manage the burden and do their best to conquer it!
Manage the Treatment
Manage the treatment and don’t let it manage you. Never give up or lose faith that you will find the help you need to get better! Every day, medical researchers, doctors, scientists, and philanthropists work tirelessly to find treatment options and cures for chronic illnesses.
Keep reading about new methods or technology that will help you improve your quality of life. Join support groups or forums to learn about latest medical breakthroughs.
Manage Your Life
Lastly, but most importantly, you must manage both your health and your life. Your health will improve when you accept your limitations and learn to fight through them.
By acknowledging, listening to, and reading your body’s language, you can learn to spot a pending crisis before it happens. By paying attention, you can avert a major flare-up or pain episode.
Yes, you may not be able to do the things you once did, and that is okay. Life is different with a chronic illness, but it can still be exceptional. Learn how to make adjustments in your lifestyle so that you can make the most of your time on Earth. Set and achieve your goals today.
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