Being diagnosed with a chronic illness can be scary at first. A new diagnosis came come with many questions and uncertainties. However, there are actions you can take to combat fear when it comes to your chronic illness. Read on for our top strategies for making your chronic illness less scary.
Focus on Data About Your Chronic Illness
One of the scariest parts of being diagnosed with a chronic illness is the feeling of the unknown. It is not uncommon to feel discouraged, frustrated, scared, or even angry with your new diagnosis and the life changes that come with it. The best way to combat these thoughts is to arm yourself with data.
- Read up on your condition. The facts can be overwhelming at first, so it’s a good idea to give yourself some limits. Try taking a set amount of time every day (15 to 30 minutes) to learn about your condition, at least at the beginning. This can help take away some of the mystery and get you the facts you need to make a plan.
- Start keeping a Health Journal. Starting keeping track of your symptoms, your activities, your medications and your diet. Find out what makes you feel better and what makes you feel worse. Every person experiences their chronic illness a little differently, and keeping track of what you’re doing and how you’re feeling can help you live a happier, healthier life.
- Take an active role in discussions with your health care providers. When you take an active role in your health, it gives you a sense of independence and control. Don’t be afraid to bring your own research, your own data, and your own questions to the table when you talk with your health care team.
Get Connected with Others Who Share Your Chronic Illness
One of the best ways to make a chronic illness diagnosis less scary is to get connected with others who have a similar diagnosis. There are support groups both online and in person, and meeting and connecting with others who have been through struggles like yours can make you feel both less alone and more empowered. Support groups can also introduce you to new tools that can help your condition, such as different types of exercises or diets to try.
Learn How to Do Something New
If you’ve been waiting to learn a new skill or try out a new hobby, there’s no time like the present. Receiving a chronic illness diagnosis can make it seem like your life now has to be all about your condition, but there are many new activities to try that may even help ease certain symptoms of your condition.
This is where both data and your support network can help you overcome obstacles. Research might be able to hint at some of the challenges you could face, as well as ideas on how to overcome them. Talking to others with similar challenges can provide both strategies and camaraderie.
Infusions On Your Schedule at IVX Health
If you’re not used to receiving infusion or injection medications, learning they’re going to become a regular part of your life can be a little scary. But at IVX Health, you might find you actually enjoy your time instead.
If your treatment regimen includes biologic infusion or injection treatments such as Remicade or Ocrevus, consider IVX Health for your care. We offer appointments that fit your schedule (days, evenings and weekends) in comfortable private suites so you can enjoy your time while receiving treatment. If you’re ready to experience how we are redefining care for patients with chronic conditions, contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our many convenient locations.