PART 5 – SOCIAL CONTACT!
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)
(NOTE: This was written just as the stay-at-home orders were being processed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that under normal circumstances the idea of ‘social contact’ would be considered necessary for one to keep their sanity while battling any chronic illness and/or disease which can make one feel isolated.)
Again, as I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness, I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!
As for me, the battle I have are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue and a chronic heart condition. Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.
As I write my blogs, I always try to keep that mindset of educating others and myself with every word that I may write.
In my on-going series, “Reflections”, I try to share materials which may help or benefit others in their daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disease they may be walking with in their life travels.
Today we share part five of a six-part series referencing ‘GAINING STABILITY WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES’.
Gaining stability in life when a person is battling a constant companion that any chronic illness is can be very challenging as most anyone with a chronic illness knows – things may change at the snap of the fingers.
In scouring various areas of information, ‘Gaining Stability’ to a life with a chronic illness can be done and more importantly must be done at the absolute minimum through a regular routine and awareness.
One of the most important things a person can do when doing battle with any chronic illness (in my case COPD and Severe Asthma) is to bring a sense of stability within those daily battles and travels.
There are six simple areas which seem to stand out as important for gaining stability within a life with a chronic illness and they would be – exercising, avoiding sickness, sleep and rest, knowing yourself, social contact, and nutrition.
We continue our six-part series on GAINING STABILITY to a life with a chronic illness by talking about ‘SOCIAL CONTACT’!
GAINING STABILITY WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS – ‘SOCIAL CONTACT’.
Even without the constant daily battles of an illness, when a person lacks social contact with others it can lead to a feeling of isolation and many times, a period of depression.
When such isolation and depression begins to happen on top of having to fight that daily battle with something such as COPD, then that feeling of being isolated can and will be a huge hindrance in keeping one on top of the illness or disease which they may be battling.
Just because you may be fighting an illness and/or disease, unless you are feeling extremely sick – you should always take advantage of any opportunity to get out, whether it is a trip to the store, to church or even to the home of a friend or maybe a family member.
Getting out keeps one in touch with that feeling of being relevant to the rest of the world as it passes through the days.
Getting out should also help keep one feeling more upbeat and in the frame of mind that is saying ‘this disease or illness will not rob me of socializing’ and that my friend, is a lot of the battle one may have every day – feeling like one is still part of the world going on around them.
The idea of joining a support group for the illness or disease they are battling can be an outstanding idea because it gives us an opportunity to share, learn, question, help and support with others that are dealing with many of the same issues.
One should attempt to find a support group, and if it appears you do not have one in your area then maybe one should step out of their comfort zone and look at starting one of their own, because the positive rewards of participating within a support group far outweigh any possible negative connotations.
One needs to get out of their comfort zone and inquire or work with a physician, local respiratory therapist and pulmonologist to see if they have any suggestions or maybe a list of prospective members.
Whatever you decide to do, do not let yourself get that feeling of isolation, step out and step into the world of socializing and begin to reap the benefit and life stability of doing so.
OUR REFLECTION QUESTION:
- What do you do to guarantee you do not become isolated, being alone?
- Do you have a support group to work and socialize with?
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.
AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.
NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.
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