The First Steps For Living With A Chronic Illness

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One of the worst times in anyone’s life is when they are told they are suffering from a lifelong disease. This is not the kind of news that anyone ever wants to hear. But if you are told this, your most important concern will be to try to find a way to deal with it as best you can. To find a new normal.

The truth is this can take some effort – it can take a long time to even get used to the situation, let alone work out what your next steps are. But if you are in this process at the moment, we hope that the following information will help you get a better sense of what you need to do next.

Action Steps For Living With A Chronic Illness

1. Gather Your Support Network

No matter what it is that you are diagnosed with, you will need a support system to get through it. In some instances, you might need people to help you with even fundamental self-care issues. For others with other illnesses, it could simply be a case of needing a little emotional support from your family.

Whatever it is that you need, it’s essential to work it out and gather everyone together to fully appreciate the enormity of what is going on. If you think you will need some kind of home care, then you should have that arranged as soon as possible. If you need financial help at all, then get the ball rolling there.

Looking to your support network early on will make sure that you do not worry unduly – and that’s important for your state of mind.

2. Keep Your Mindset Straight

One of the toughest challenges here is ensuring that you keep your emotions in check. It is a good idea to work towards accepting your illness, so it’s essential to feel your emotions fully from the start. But you need to find ways to deal with the inevitable emotional backlash of the diagnosis, as this might take some time to recover within you.

Again, this is a situation where having a good support network can really help, so make sure you feel comfortable and safe expressing yourself to those people around you. Keep your head straight, and you will find it makes it easier to deal with – even if you have fears about the future as well.

3. Prepare For The Future

It is likely that your life is about to change in some profound ways. The more prepared you are for those changes, the more likely it is you will be able to cope with them head-on when they arise. Change is inherent to life, but especially when you have a serious ongoing medical condition.

It is likely that your workload will change, your love life will change, your social life will change. Know that this is normal. You are not alone. It’s a good idea to try to accept this as early as you can so that you can then work towards doing what you can with what you have.

Also, be encouraged that many people with chronic illness say that going through the struggles taught them valuable life lessons. It caused them to reflect on their priorities and spend more time with family and friends, or pursue interests they didn’t make time for before.

Do you or someone you love have a chronic illness? What tips can you share that could help someone who has just been diagnosed with a chronic condition?

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Living With Disease In The Modern World: A Hard (& Busy) Life

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They say that we all live stressful lives now, but what about those people who have to go through every single day with a debilitating disease? Life is not just going to be stressful, but it can have a major impact on their outlook on life. Regardless of the disease, if you are going through this, or know someone who is suffering from a chronic illness, undergoing treatment in the early stages of a disease, there are some things to take on board when you are feeling pressure from all directions.

Tips For Living With Disease In The Modern World

1. Make Yourself A Priority

If you aren’t focusing on yourself at all and listening intuitively to when you need to take time off, or have a break from your day-to-day activities, then it’s time to start. You are not defined by your disease, and so it shouldn’t affect every aspect of your life. However, you know when it’s impacting you more than it usually does. You are in control of your choices. So even if you have a family to take care of, remember to take care of yourself so you can be around as long as possible.

2. Ask Other People For Help

The modern world is a difficult beast, and we can feel like people are wrapped up in their own individual worlds sometimes. But don’t forget that there are usually people around to help you. As disingenuous as social media may appear at times, if you have a genuine problem, and you have nobody to talk to you about it apart from social media friends, you will see an outpouring of support in this respect. Many people love to help, but they have to be made aware of needs first. So don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

3. Find High-Quality Professional Support 

Everywhere you go in the world, there is always a complaint about the healthcare system. But there are many that can’t sing their praises enough. There are some facilities that are incredibly sensitive to your nature, and don’t treat you as cattle, which you are not! There are healthcare facilities like the Southwest Diagnostic Centers which try to be flexible for people with busy lives, which is great if you are leading an active life, such as a high-powered job where you feel the pressure on a personal level as well as a professional one.

4. Understand The Importance Of Balance

A lot of people who are diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease have no choice but to keep working. And if this is you, the stress of trying to maintain a proper wage while also living with something like this can be incredibly difficult. It’s always important to remember that stress will exacerbate things. So you need to find ways to tip the scales in your favor. Make sure you have enough quality down time so you can feel refreshed and rejuvenated. You need to make time for yourself regardless. And if you’re going to live with this for as long as possible, you should not feel trapped in the present state of affairs.

Nobody said it was easy, and you know this more than anyone else, but living a busy life with an illness is definitely harder now than years ago. Always remember that you need to understand what you can control and what you can’t. The disease is something you may not be able to control, but your choices are.

What tips do you have for coping with disease in modern-day life?

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20 Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health

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You’ve heard it said before…Sugar is bad for you.

But what does that mean exactly?

The research continues to stack up against our biggest dietary enemy…refined sugar. Processed sugar is the cause of many modern diseases and plays a hefty role in several major health problems including fatty liver disease, obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

20 Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health

  1. Sugar causes tooth decay (1).
  2. Eating excess sugar can cause fatty liver disease (2).
  3. Sugar depletes the body of nutrients and suppresses the immune system (3).
  4. Sugar, not saturated fat, raises cholesterol and causes cardiovascular disease (4, 5, 6). I’m glad they finally cleared this up!
  5. Consuming sugar can cause insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (7).
  6. Sugar can cause mood disorders and depression (8).
  7. Sugar causes inflammation which can lead to disease (9).
  8. Eating sugar causes wrinkles (10).
  9. Sugar is highly addictive, “as addictive as cocaine” (11).
  10. Sugar increases the risk of cancer because it causes metabolic changes (12, 13).
  11. Consuming sugar causes obesity, a leading cause of mortality and chronic disease in the United States (14).
  12. Sugar is a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes (15).
  13. Sugar impacts the brain and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease (16).
  14. Eating sugar can cause osteoporosis (17).
  15. Sugar causes high blood pressure (18).
  16. Eating and drinking sugar increases your appetite (19).
  17. Sugar consumption can cause kidney stones (20).
  18. Sugar can cause food allergies and asthma (21).
  19. Dietary sugar produces free radicals and damages DNA (22).
  20. Sugar may contribute to poor eyesight and macular degeneration (23).

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The Takeaway

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Fruit is a fiber-filled, healthy alternative to foods high in processed sugars.

Refined sugar is full of empty calories and is highly addictive. Eating it makes you hungrier and increases your risk for an array of diseases, chronic health conditions and mood disorders.

Eating sugar (or not) is a personal choice.

If you want to cut down on your sugar intake but still crave something sweet, try substituting fruit. It’s fiber-rich, packed with antioxidants and is naturally sweet.

If you’re looking for a natural sugar substitute that is actually good for you, I recommend Stevia. You can learn more about it in Stevia Health Benefits, Safety And Inside Information.

What’s your favorite tip for cutting back on sugar? Do you have a favorite low-sugar recipe you’d like to share?

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