Dealing with an illness
We are not invincible. Being at the mercy to life’s unpredictability, sometimes we are faced with a no-exit situation. No matter how carefree and stable one is of health there does come a point to pause for a second, to understand that life holds yours and your loved ones’ manual.
Just as there are speed breakers across the road, there are certain signs which are body gives away, telling us to slow down, just so that we don’t overwork our machines or neglect an accident with an overlooked health complication.
Some come with triggered signs; others come as unannounced as a quiz on an unprepared laid back school day. Whatever comes your way, the only way out is to adeptly improvise.
Certain health complications are chronic, which means they are either life-long or for an indefinite period, depending upon the disease or severity, some chronic illnesses or health complications are completely cured away with medication.
But having to cope up with a chronic disease doesn’t always mean it’s fatal. Some people treat illnesses like asthma, arthritis or diabetes as a specific condition, which may allow them to view it with a controlled perspective but should not permit them to be lax about it.
And then there are those chronic diseases which may be life threatening, where at times chances for survival are almost next to nil. Having to own up to such a reality can be extremely difficult. Other than being affected physically, its impact on most patients is psychological, emotional and social.
Family support, relatives, and friends at times can feel helpless to pacify a person suffering like that, and, with the lack of understanding a sense of isolation is often experienced.
It is through support groups where similar patients come together on a platform to discuss problems, spread awareness, share stories that some emotional help is received.
Learning and knowledge of the subject turns out to be the real power, one of the essential elements to help combat negativity and hopelessness.
It is most important to note that acknowledging and talking about one’s well being and emotions should be with either a professional counselor or with a loved one who is willing to listen and offer comfort and support.
For some, it is in their faith they find peace. Knowing and understanding that certain things are truly beyond control with submitting one’s will to their Lord is a sure way to feel a sense of comfort and an inner battle of helplessness seems to cease. No matter what the events maybe, at times little steps are all it takes to deal with a situation cherishing all moments which life offers.
Do you know anyone who has gone through or is going through a troubled time? How have you offered help to understand their situation better?