Living Your Life While Being The Patient

What if you are the person who is combating a major illness?
More than likely, your life is changing drastically in a very short amount of time. Your physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being is being tested. Relationships may become closer with some people and yet deteriorate with others. You may find comfort in the healing of some relationships, the assurance that you are making plans for your family to be taken care of, or the peace that may develop within you.
You must make decisions in many areas. You must think through legal decisions, financial considerations, end-of-life care, and funeral arrangements. As difficult as the whole process may be, it is essential to begin now.
It is important to remember that you must take care of yourself first. What you need will change from day to day. Hopefully, those around you will extend unconditional love regardless of whether you are happy or sad, cheerful or cranky.
Do not carry this burden on your own. You are not alone. You have the support of your loved ones. You will continue to build upon your support systems and discover new coping skills. Do not be afraid to tell others about your needs. Release your feelings of being a burden if you have not already done so. George Washington Carver, the famous American scientist and educator, once said, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in life you will have been all of these.” There is nothing wrong with reaching out and accepting support.
In addition to developing support systems, it is essential to discover coping skills that work for you. Depending on where you are in your treatment, your ability to be physically active may be limited. If it is not, walking, swimming, and biking may be good ways to relieve stress. Gardening, journaling, reading, and other low-key activities may also interest you. Maybe you already have a hobby or physical activity that you are able to continue to enjoy.


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