ROADBLOCKS AFFECTING YOUR CHRONIC ILLNESS – PART 1
By William for wheezingaway.com
(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so, let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)
Through an e-mail listing which I am on regarding COPD, I recently received an overview of an article that was written earlier this year in the New York Times that dealt with several hidden problems or difficulties that many will find themselves facing when dealing with a life path involving a chronic illness or disease.
I found the article interesting and enjoyed the brief outlook they gave on what they referred to as the five hidden difficulties of living with or battling a chronic illness.
Among the five roadblocks they discussed were relationships, mentality, leaning on others, education and listening to advice.
Since I am constantly discussing how those with any chronic illness, even those whose illness has not put them on disability, should continue at all times reading, learning and even re-educating themselves about not only their chronic illness but any chronic illness because no matter what your battle is, anyone with a chronic illness will have many similar battles.
With each of these five roadblock discussions, one will find common ground among anyone who fights a battle with a chronic illness and with each roadblock we offer a direction to a solution – so hopefully that roadblock will not shut you down during your battle.
With this write I am taking each of the five ‘roadblocks’ to living with a chronic illness and expanding them just a bit.
Here is our first of the ‘Five Roadblocks in Living with a Chronic Illness’:
- MENTALITY IS THE KEY!
THE ISSUE: For many with a disease or chronic illness, the mental aspect can many times be what does the most damage. Even after your disease or chronic illness may be under control from the use of medications or treatment programs – the mental pain may not have yet subsided.
Many mental issues can flare up for one battling a chronic illness or disease, including any of the three major ones – finances, the prospect of death and the disability itself. Any and all three of these can and ultimately will at one time or another cause an issue with ones mental state while battling a chronic illness or disease.
The fear from this issue is that it many times will lead to one not getting any of or the proper treatment that may be needed to fight their chronic illness or disease.
A POSSIBLE SOLUTION: It is extremely important for one to know that they are not alone!
Someone out there that is possible speaking with a therapist, mentor or spiritual leader will already know how you are feeling during this mental crisis of battling your chronic illness or disease.
It is also extremely important for one to understand that there really are people out there who can help and that seeking help either in therapy or mentoring can go a long ways in decreasing much of the mental anguish that may go along with battling a chronic illness or disease, and that includes such mental states like depression.
If it is finances that seem to be putting up enormous brick walls along your way, then take a step of faith and talk with the people behind those financial issues instead of ignoring them or setting them aside with the mental falsehood that they will just go away. Whoever the company or medical facility is that may be causing your financial based mental anguish, they should be willing to work with you and provide payment programs or financial assistance – if they don’t then you must wonder how reputable they may be.
I have found that even my doctor may know of a solution to provide help, especially when it comes to the cost of medications.
When one becomes disabled by a chronic illness or disease, the mental focus may be found worrying about the long-term disability or even in many cases the eventual death that goes with it.
In nearly every case of a chronic illness or disease, the long-term events can cloud the prospect of still being able to live a somewhat normal life for yourself, your family and those traveling life along with you.
If needed to overcome the mental fears of ones disability or eventual death, one should be willing to not only talk with a therapist, mentor or spiritual leader – but be willing to listen what they say and to be willing to try many of the methods they may offer to overcome those mental fears.
OUR CONCLUSION: Remember that when it comes to our own battles with our own chronic illness or disease, we must keep our ears, eyes and mind on a swivel as we continually look for new information that may help our battles – while at the same time filter it all the best we can as we continue to find what helps us to the best at keeping our own positive, forward thinking, forward moving mental state of mind.
That is it for the first of the five possible roadblocks of being chronically ill that may lead to an issue with ones mental state of mind. Stay tuned for the remaining four, remembering that it can be considered part of that point I always stress where we with any chronic illness need to stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that offers any glimpse of hope with getting through the battles.
AS ALWAYS – if you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please start asking questions and get it checked out!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing. William
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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical