It is not an accurate science in medicine. You would feel that it would be easier to accept the diagnosis if you had several doctors and specialists to review your test results and health records to reach that same conclusion. Also, it’s simple to forget and overlook your new limits when you have a chronic condition that has remissions and flares. It is not easy to accept chronic diseases or live with them. Each day remembers a former life constantly.
I was not satisfied with the idea of being disease when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for the first time and recently Sjogren ‘s syndrome. I was angry and I was not able to control the pain and fatigue constantly. I was never sorry for my diagnosis and former life, until I spontaneously disrupted myself and suffered anxiety attacks. I could not help but say it was a mistake when I was first diagnosed and I questioned my body, physician and treatment. I thought I was stronger and could beat it, I just had to stop concentrating on it. I was stuck in a denial loop as time went on.
In the day of low pain and fatigue, I would only try to do all I could in agony, depression and defiance to get into a brick wall. If you let your grief and your chronic illness spiral out of hand, you can easily become stuck in an endless cycle.
Chronic Illness Is Not the End
One reaction not always visible or expected following the diagnosis of a chronic disease is sorrow. The loss of your regular health and your routine is perfectly acceptable for you to mourn. Many people suffering from chronic health conditions feel sorry that their former way of life is no longer enjoyable. While it is usual, complaining for too long could interfere with your ability to go beyond your emotional pain.
To death, sorrow is not exclusive. Every time you lose someone or something that is valuable, important to your life, you may be sorrowful and mourning. I found myself jumping among cold, depression and a chronic disease
Grief Is a Manageable Process
Five phases of grief are in place – anger, denial, depression, negotiation and acceptance. When you go through these steps, it is not always easy to recognize. For anyone with a long-term illness, it is important to know what they are struggling with and to know if help is beneficial.
Medications, lifestyle changes and a new outlook on life can handle sorrow and chronic disease. I was more apparent than the person I once was when I was thinking of everything I had to give up because of my diagnosis. Chronic disease can lead to loss of self, function and condition. But “game over” doesn’t have to mean.
Grief Leads to Acceptance and Freedom
Adjustment to chronic disease is not always easy. But neither is it impossible. At first I could not see how people who had the same or similar health problems could still find happiness, acceptance and trust. It was only when I realized that I couldn’t achieve the same results that I felt sorry that I was achieving the same objectives.
First, I must admit my truth: I’ve got a chronic condition. Next, I had to identify and deal with my feelings in order to reinvent myself. It doesn’t mean that life has come – just because I have a chronic disease – it is just different. As long as I pace, change my routines and listen more closely to my body, I can still make many things I had enjoyed. My limitations were to be learned and I needed to trust my support team.
People come and go. People come and go. You think friends could follow you throughout your life. This can be a covert blessing. My circle is small but there are many friends, families and colleagues who accept my chronic conditions. They understand and accommodate when I have flares or find it difficult to get something done.
It is right that you might not be able to do all you once dreamed of, but it is possible with due care. I encourage everyone with ongoing illness and pain to look in the spiegel daily and say several times: “I am not my sick. I ‘m strong. Chronic disease doesn’t define me.” You don’t have to give up your dreams and goals, but you might need to adjust and you can live life on your own terms after you do.
The battle with chronic disease and sorrow is different for everyone. You have to learn healthy mechanisms to cope with chronic diseases so that you are able to take back the strength of your disease. The first step is to believe in yourself, strengthen your mind and decide not to allow your condition and associated sorrow to keep you captive.
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