LADA and other Chronic Illnesses

By LRD Latest Reply 2017-12-31 14:42:39 -0600
Started 2017-12-29 10:00:38 -0600

How are others coping with chronic illnesses? I have several and wonder how to cope with them. I am a LADA, asthma, bronchiectasis. Are there books or magazines that one can find the information? I have found some information on sites in the United Kingdom, which are pretty good. Mostly, how are others coping with multiple illnesses?

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suecsdy 2017-12-31 11:10:30 -0600 Report

Once I accept that I have them and cannot change that (kidney disease was the hardest), then I go about learning as much as I can. Some things I can just ignore most of the time, because the side effects are so mild that they don't impact my daily life. I have a misaligned vertebra in my back that causes very little pain. I'm doing Pt to strengthen my back. The only treatment for the kidneys is to drink lots of liquids and limit sodium, potassium and fats. So that gets stored in the dark closet in the back of my mind. Other things like the gastritis, which can be more active, I look for a support group to swap ideas and advice with others dealing with the same issues. Most of my medical issues don't really interfere with daily life, with gastritis being the biggest problem child. I try to make sure I carry emergency supplies with me for anything I might need. (Diabetes and gastritis). And learn to laugh about it. Laughing doesn't mean you're not serious, just that you don't let it control you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-29 20:05:30 -0600 Report

I have Sleep Apnea, a heart condition and Diabetes. I take care of all of them. I read all the information I needed to learn how to take care of myself. No one can tell you how to cope with something. You have to find a way that works for you.

I am the President of a Police Community organization, founding member and Vice President of my community Association and I make jewelry. I am also an avid reader and love playing games on the computer to relax. I am gearing up to work on two different political campaigns for two of my friends.

I realized that having chronic illnesses are not the focal point in my life. There are other things I like to do and I do them. I have no intention of wasting valuable time focusing on the fact that i have chronic illnesses.

I am also self motivating, and do not rely on others to keep me motivated. The only person I depend on for my happiness and caring for my health is me. I do not sit around talking about it with family and friends because we have so many other things to talk about and do.If I have a medical question that I need answered, I contact my doctor. I don't ask people on the internet who do not have medical degrees nor know anything about my health.

My motto is I have Chronic Illnesses, they do not have me. I have every intention of continuing to travel, hang out with friends, keep my organizations running and having fun until I can no longer do these things. .

I hope you find a way to cope because i know what I do is not going to work for you.

GabbyPA 2017-12-29 19:54:45 -0600 Report

I only have one, so for that I am grateful. Caring for other with chronic illnesses the thing I find focusing on the most is what CAN we do. I try not to focus on the can'ts because they just drag you down. I am cautiously optimistic at times on things, but for the most part. If I keep it positive, it keeps the blues and depression away that can come with chronic conditions.