Many chronic illnesses cannot be cured but can be managed in ways that allow those afflicted with them to maintain their quality of life. — Dan Mager MSW
How will you react after going through a series of blood tests only to find out that you have an autoimmune disease that even the best doctors cannot cure?
Accepting your fate may be the last thing to take place. You might talk to various specialists first, hoping to receive a different diagnosis. You might also look for holistic remedies nonstop and try every massage, therapy, or tonic that will supposedly improve your health condition.
In case your efforts turn out to be futile, that is when the hate can make its way to your heart. You despise your immune system for attacking you. You feel ill towards the doctors who have no long-term treatment to offer. It may not be an overstatement as well to say that you possibly hate your body just for being unhealthy.
Despite all those emotions you deserve to express, however, it is still not okay to keep a grudge against your body. If you are a victim of the illness, then so is your body. In fact, you need to learn how to love your B-O-D-Y now more than ever.
Avoidance regarding talking about illness was a familiar, yet still surprising aspect of my experience. — Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D.
Avoid Pushing Yourself To The Extremes
The reality of having a recurring illness is that there are some challenges that you cannot face sheer determination since it will take a toll on your body. For dysautonomia patients, for instance, running a marathon may be quite impossible as their hearts already beat so fast even when seating still. For the ones with severe lupus, dieting may lead to frustrations because their weight might remain above the ideal number.
During these moments, you have to stop pushing yourself to do something that you know your system cannot handle. The result of that will not be pretty. Instead, merely focus on the stuff that you can do and function in moderation.
Take Care Of What You Eat
As tasty as your food choices may be, how sure are you that they are not contributing to the flare-ups that you deal with these days?
A diet high in sugar or fats, frankly speaking, is a no-no. It can sustain your energy for some time and raise your mood, but you may feel awful when you start gaining weight because of the sweets and burgers you devour. Stress is likely to come then, which is among the trigger factors of any chronic illness.
What you need to do is consider leaning towards the vegetable section of the supermarket often. Try preparing your meals too instead of depending on restaurants to make them for you. Furthermore, you may still have chocolates, ice cream, or greasy foods, but only if there is no other option.
I made it clear in my tone and body language that my chronic illness was a minor setback, a hiccup, a pesky footnote in the narrative of my life. — Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW
Bonus: Surround Yourself With Optimistic People
Whenever it seems difficult to dig deep and find confidence in yourself due to the illness, you can always speak with individuals who have a positive outlook. Their motivation to stand up for themselves and go after their dreams can be contagious, and it will be awesome if they can infect you with their optimism.
Although you carry an autoimmune disease, it does not mean that your system is forever broken. You are whole. You have the right number of fingers and limbs, you can walk and run if you need to, and you are free to do anything your heart wishes. All you need to do is remember all the ideas above, and you are undoubtedly set for life.