ROADBLOCKS – PART 4 – GET EDUCATED & SHARE, SHARE, SHARE
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.
I found the article interesting and enjoyed the brief outlook they gave on what they referred to as the five hidden difficulties of living 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 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 fourth of the ‘Five Roadblocks in Living with a Chronic Illness’:
# 4 – STAY EDUCATED AND EDUCATE OTHERS AS WELL!
THE POSSIBLE ISSUE: While we think we are paying attention when first diagnosed, when the doctor is likely explaining to you what your disease or chronic illness may be, you most likely are not paying attention but instead are busy focusing on the diagnosis itself.
You most likely will go through a time period of being in shock and during that time will not fully comprehend what the doctor is or has said about your disease or chronic illness.
You will have many family members and friends that will not understand what your condition may be and what may lie ahead in dealing with it. That is because not you, not your family members and pretty sure not your friends have taken or even considered taking the time to look into learning all they may find about your disease or chronic illness.
THE POSSIBLE SOLUTION: Once you have received a diagnosis of a disease or chronic illness, and especially one that will alter your daily walk of life, it is then that you need to take a deep breath and then set a goal to take as much time is needed to begin researching the disease or chronic illness that you have.
Research everything you can find about the causes, the outlooks, the research on cures or treatments, everything that can be found on that disease or chronic illness that will accompany you through life.
You should want to become an expert on your new lifelong companion since it is something which you will be battling for the remainder of your walk-in life.
As you continue educating yourself on the disease and/or chronic illness, you must also become an ambassador of it and be willing to educate your family members and friends. Educate them about your disease and/or chronic illness as they need to know what is ahead for you and only you can educate them.
You should never feel as if you are unable to discuss your disease and/or chronic illness with others.
OUR CONCLUSION: Remember what you did when you became totally enamored with something such as a car, a musical instrument, a new occupation or maybe a hobby such as biking, running or bodybuilding?
You have been diagnosed with a disease and/or chronic illness that will be a partner with you every day for the rest of your life. It would or better yet, should be a requirement for you to dive into the books, the internet and even your local medical experts to learn everything you can find about your new life partner.
If you are married, we would think your spouse would be as much interested in getting educated about the disease and/or chronic illness so that not only you, but they will know all that is involved with it.
The strong reason for becoming as educated as possible is so when family and/or friends inquire about your disease and/or chronic illness, you will be able to and feel comfortable with sharing the information you have learned. This information may be from the basics of how the disease and/or chronic illness will affect you and your life, to whether or not there are any solid treatments, to be honest with them about the final outcome.
You being educated about your disease and/or chronic illness is important because it should be!! Learning about it should hold as much importance as learning to drive, to cook, to tie your shoes and to walk.
Get educated and stay educated (this means all possible new research and/or treatments) as you will find that when you are, dealing or battling your disease and/or chronic illness will become more realistic and easier.
That is it folks for the fourth of the five possible roadblocks of being chronically ill that may lead to an issue with one’s daily psyche. Stay tuned for the final remaining possible roadblocks, 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
(Copyright@2020, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)
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