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Being diagnosed with any kind of chronic illness isn’t pleasant. No matter what kind of symptoms you’re dealing with, a chronic disease is certainly a life changer. However, there are some things you can do to make sure you make life as easy as possible for yourself. Here are some ways you can put a fight against your chronic disease.

Research is part of your fight against chronic disease

This woman researches online about a chronic disease. CC BY 2.0, Flickr.

Research

When you’re diagnosed with a new condition, it’s likely that you’ll want to know all about it. Your doctor will probably give you some information, but most people don’t take in as much as they’d like to after a diagnosis. When you have the time, do some research online. You’ll be able to find out about other people’s experiences, what treatments are likely to work for you and you can even look at innovative studies for new treatments, like gene editing technologies and life-saving therapeutics. In fact, you can get started at Poseida today. The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be for you to determine how to manage it.

Take the Reigns

Your doctor isn’t solely responsible for your health. When it comes to managing chronic conditions, you need to take most of the responsibility. For example, a diabetic that binges on sugar when they’re aware that they shouldn’t, isn’t doing anything to improve their health. Your doctor will be able to prescribe you medicines that can help your condition, but the majority of the time, they aren’t allowed to make other suggestions. You could try keeping a food diary and write down details of how you feel after eating certain foods. It will help you to narrow down the foods that are good and bad for you.

Giving up smoking is a recommended lifestyle change

Smoking can worsen a chronic illness, along with other bad habits. CC BY-ND 2.0, Flickr.

Lifestyle Changes

One of the biggest struggles that people with chronic conditions face is changing habits of a lifetime. Many chronic diseases are worsened by bad habits, like smoking, drinking, poor diet or lack of exercise. It isn’t easy to make changes but when it comes to your health, it’s worth it. If your doctor recommends giving up smoking or eating less fatty foods and including more exercise, you won’t be helping yourself if you ignore the advice.

A Burden Shared is a Burden Halved

It’s important to tell your family and friends of what you’re going through and how it makes you feel. If no-one knows that you’re struggling, they won’t know that you need help. The stress of dealing with a chronic condition alone can impact your chances of dealing with it well. Having someone to take over every day chores when you find it difficult to muster the strength will be a big help.

Don’t Let It Get You Down

People with chronic conditions are at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety. If you feel that your disease is severely affecting your mood, it’s important you seek help. Treatment could be anything, from simply adjusting your medication to counselling sessions. The more you’re able to talk about your condition, the more people can do to help you through it.

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49 Comments

  1. robbiesinspiration July 4, 2017

    Great article, Christy. This also applies to the mothers of children suffering from chronic illnesses.

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      You’re so right xx

  2. An Tony'M July 4, 2017

    Très bon Article Christy.
    Je t’embrasse
    Tony, ton ami de France

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      Waving at you in France from here in Canada, Tony :)

    2. An Tony'M July 5, 2017

      Big one kisses to my small favorite Canadian !!!

  3. Tony Burgess July 4, 2017

    Many folks have a problem with sharing their troubles with people as to not be a burden but I think we all have a calling to help our brothers and sisters deal with things like chronic illness and alike.

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      Yes, exactly! Like with your latest post about connecting with others when needed rather than always being independent.

  4. Swati Awana July 4, 2017

    How do you find so much empathy in yourself? Really nice post. ☺❤

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      <3 Swati :)

    2. Swati Awana July 4, 2017

      ❤❤☺☺

  5. Jay July 4, 2017

    Since I have an orphan’s disease, I’ve cut out my charitable contributions to other events and funneled everything toward research in my area.

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      It sounds like a way to maximize your contributions. You’re making a difference xx

  6. Poet Rummager July 4, 2017

    Such an important article! I was especially glad to read about “Taking the Reigns.” It’s a lot easier to just expect treatment and not do the research on your own. There’s so much one can learn about managing chronic diseases. You’re right; diet plays a major role. Certain foods can have healing effects while eating other foods can be detrimental. Rock on, Christy! xo

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      I really do think it is up to us to be the driving force and have eyes fully open in our health journeys. Thanks Rose xx

  7. alexraphael July 4, 2017

    Great advice 👍

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      Waving :)

  8. Joan E Wilder July 4, 2017

    Wonderful advice Christy – depression can be all consuming and sharing (if you can) helps alleviate that burden. It’s so much more painful when it affects children, that is always so sad to see. Thank you for your insights!

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      Hi Joan, I know sharing when you are depressed is easier said than done.. but hopefully just saying this bit of info helps someone xx

  9. John Fioravanti July 4, 2017

    Again, Christy, a post full of solid advice. As a Type II diabetic for 22 years, you’d think I’d have this all down pat by now. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak…

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      We all do have our internal monsters we go up against.. I’m far from perfect, myself.. but then again who wants to be perfect? Let’s just try our best to be healthy :)

    2. John Fioravanti July 4, 2017

      Amen, Christy, Amen!

  10. Resa July 4, 2017

    I’m not there, yet, but I take these tips seriously!

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      And I take your friendship seriously! Still thinking about you finding that whole new art creation xx

  11. ztevetevans July 4, 2017

    A great article which helps bring the problem of suffering with chronic disease out in the open, thanks!

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      It’s so cool that we can learn from one another’s blogs! I found your Lady Godiva post so interesting!

  12. The Coastal Crone July 4, 2017

    Knowledge is power!

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    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      Cheers to lifelong learning, Jo!

  13. shehannemoore July 4, 2017

    Christy, I love your ability to reach so many people. Every post is so different from the one before in terms of what you are covering but they are all under the banner of helping. So impressed xxxxxx

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 4, 2017

      Rebecca (Clanmother) recently said it’s about creating a fuller life and I think she summed it up perfectly!! Thank you, Shey xx Or shall I call you beautiful actress :)

  14. Invisibly Me July 4, 2017

    Fantastic advice, it really puts the person in the driving seat so to speak, which is so important in empowering us to take control of what we can so that we can help ourselves.
    Caz :)

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    1. Christy B July 5, 2017

      Thank you for speaking to the subject of empowerment Caz :)

  15. Rae Longest July 6, 2017

    This advice is very helpful and just in time.

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    1. Christy B July 8, 2017

      Ohhhh… do take care xx

  16. dgkaye July 6, 2017

    Spot on again my friend. I won’t even begin to go into how I saved my own life and my husband’s over by doing my own research and confronting doctors. It’s always best to do research on any ailments and consult with your doctor being armed with information. :)xo

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    1. Christy B July 8, 2017

      Great that you educated yourself and I’m relieved that you were successful in the strategies taken, Debby xx

    2. dgkaye July 9, 2017

      Thanks Christy. <3 :)

    3. Christy B July 10, 2017

      <3 <3

  17. Helpful and superb article

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 8, 2017

      Wishing you all the best!

  18. Good advice, thanks for sharing your information

    Reply
    1. Christy B July 8, 2017

      May good health be with you

  19. Christy B July 8, 2017

    Wishing you all the best!

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  20. Christy B July 8, 2017

    Thank you!!

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  21. The Headache Helper July 15, 2017

    Thank you thank you Christy. Life style changes have been a literal God – send for me in terms of keeping my condition under control. But I also agree sharing the burden with family and friends shouldn’t be overlooked. :)

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    1. Christy B July 15, 2017

      I’m glad you’re finding ways that work for you. I recognize everyone responds differently and has different preferences.. do take care :)

  22. dawnwairimu September 18, 2017

    informative, interesting and inspiring. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Christy B September 18, 2017

      Great to hear!

  23. Laurel September 20, 2017

    As always, another well written and informative post. Thanks for sharing. Live healthy.

    Reply

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