I Will Fight!
To help me on this journey
By Jennifer Martin, PsyD, Columnist Being diagnosed with a chronic condition is a loss. In fact, it is comprised of many losses. It may be a loss of the person we used to be. It may mean a loss of independence. It may mean a loss of dreams and goals. It may mean a loss of some of the people in our lives who we thought were close. It is the loss of the life we once had. For many of us with chronic conditions, living with pain or illness means daily medications, injections, surgery...
DO YOU HAVE A NEW DIAGNOSIS OF A CHRONIC ILLNESS? It's easy to get online and read as much as you can, start figuring out the worst case scenario and what you can do to stop it from progressing. But how much information is TOO MUCH? Here @Lisa Copen shares her best advice, the first 5 steps to take, when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness. (She has had debilitating rheumatoid arthritis since 1993.)