Once someone is diagnosed with a chronic illness, many things change in their lives. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. This is a great post that gives some wonderful suggestions for coping with the loss and grief of the old life we once had or wanted.
Imagine waking up one day and finding that your whole life has changed. Just like that you couldn’t be who you thought you were.
One day you are happily working full time in a job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference. You’re keeping healthy by visiting the gym most days of the week, walking whenever and where ever you can, and working on your diet (eliminating foods that you react to). It’s important to you that you’re keeping your brain active so, on top of all those other things, you’re studying to improve your skills in a field you want to expand into.
The next day you’re curled up in a ball on the couch, struggling to stay awake and living with pain 24/7. You can no longer do any of the things you could do the day before. Dreams you thought were certain to come true…
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