Life Is For Living

For most people, life ticks along nicely without very many hiccups. You have the usual milestones of birthdays, falling in love, marriage and eventually, death. But most people manage to get there without much in the way of hardship or illness. For others, illness is life. Chronic, lifelong conditions that sap you of your energy and challenge the way you live can make life feel, well, miserable.

Dealing with a broken bone or a severe bout of flu is nothing in comparison to a chronic condition that requires you to take medication for the rest of your life. Things like a broken arm has an end in sight, a time without pain and the ability to keep on without constant pill-popping. A chronic condition doesn’t have that luxury. Diabetes, high blood pressure and issue with your thyroid are only some of the conditions that can affect you for the rest of your life. Coping with the kind of condition that no one can see on the surface not only affects you physically, but mentally as well. You can live with a lifelong challenge like a chronic condition, but it takes managing the illness yourself instead of letting it manage you. There are some excellent ways you can cope with living with an illness that won’t be cured, and we’ve put them together for you here:

A chronic condition, especially one that people cannot see, requires you to be informed. You need to know the good, the bad and the ugly with your disease. If it’s one that needs you to take tablets every day, you need to be organised. Understanding your condition is the first step to accepting it. The more you know, the better you can act if something goes wrong. Always direct your initial conditions to your primary care provider, but also do your own research. This will help you to make a list of questions to ask and understand the side effects.

Responsibility. You cannot leave your condition to be managed by your doctor. Yes, they are the ones who can manage your care at a medical level, but you need to take responsibility for your body. Understand the changes that happen physically and you can then pinpoint any changes. Those who have hypertension can purchase blood pressure monitors from a pharmacy and track it from home. Diabetics can order metformin from an online doctor if they cannot manage to get to their primary care physician. If you have issues with your heart rhythm, learn how to effectively check your pulse and track the changes. Monitoring your condition from home could potentially save your life if you can recognise when things are changing for the worse.
Teamwork. The management of a chronic condition goes beyond you and your doctor. If you need help to quit smoking or have better nutrition, you’ll be pulling in the help of a nurse and a dietician to give you the best care. If your condition can be managed by diet, then you’ll need to be informed and have the expert on nutrition by your side to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from those around you.

Change. Whether you have a condition in your blood, heart or thyroid, nothing is going to be helped unless you help yourself. Changing your lifestyle to suit your condition can make such a marked difference that you can potentially reverse the condition you have. Type 2 diabetics, for example, can help to stabilise their sugar levels simply by ensuring their diet is correct. Losing weight can help lower the blood pressure for hypertension patients. You can better manage a chronic condition if you invest your time in yourself.

Medication. Most chronic conditions rely on the regular taking of medication to keep you stable. Unfortunately, while one medication can help your condition, it can also be detrimental to you in another way. This can then require more pills to balance what went wrong. It’s a very tiring game of trial and error to try and find a balance with your medications to keep your pain low and feeling normal. If a tablet for your thyroid is making your hair fall out, your medication level may need changing. If your heart tablets push your blood pressure up, another tablet will be needed to bring it down. It’s a balancing act that can be tedious to bear with. You can also get very sick of taking handfuls of medications, or injecting yourself with liquid meds every day. Remembering to take one tablet a day is hard enough, never mind ten! Learn about the medication you are taking and buy pill organisers like this one to manage them. Invest in timers if you need to, set to go off whenever you should be taking tablets. Anything to make life easier.

Depression. The result of a painful, long term condition can be an effect on your mental health. Depression and low moods aren’t always a side effect of drugs you take to manage your condition. The prospect of living life consistently taking medications or living with limitations can be difficult. To combat this, always seek help. Seek people to speak to about how you’re feeling and ask your doctor for information on support groups and self-help techniques to work on at home. Depression can prevent you from making smart decisions and can lead you to stop taking your medication. Stamp it out before it gets to that point.
Being in control of your life is the key thing when you have a condition that you have to manage. You want to be able to live as normally as possible. Sure, your condition could make life limited for you, but that shouldn’t let it stop you having a positive outlook. There is a lot of help to be had, if you ask for it, and if you take charge and own your pain and own your condition, you are going to be mentally independent and confident. Live your life and live it well, regardless of the challenges ahead.



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