When we are diagnosed with a new medical condition, sometimes it can feel as though the world is falling in around us. But the truth is that despite the initial challenges and acclimation, many people live with mild to moderate and even severe conditions while still unlocking their quality of life and making the best of every day – keeping up with essential friends and family they love, managing their conditions as best they can, and moving towards a better future.
This might sound flippant, and we never mean to dismiss the worry or difficulty someone may be going through. However, you may be surprised what accommodations are available to you now. For instance, those with HIV are able to live full and enriched lives managing their condition as appropriate thanks to modern medicine, whereas thirty years ago this would have been considered tragic news.
Your perspective on your condition can help you manage it properly, and find hope, even when times feel tough. In this guide, we’ll discuss a few tips for achieving exactly that – be that for you, a loved one, or a friend.
Dedicating Yourself To What You Love In Life
It’s important to not let your condition rob you of that which is good in your life, and that which you enjoy. This may mean having to make certain plans to ensure you can better interface and integrate with your old or new hobbies. Think of the absolutely incredible wheelchair basketball sport, where those who cannot walk still show incredible mobility and strength in playing fair and showing the utmost sportsmanship worthy of respect. A combined effort like that can make a tremendous and positive difference.
Using Concessions, Equipment & Aids
It’s very important to consider the concessions, equipment, and aids that may be involved in helping you manage a condition and doing so in a manner that helps it feel possible to deal with. For instance, tinnitus can be a debilitating condition, but with the proper white noise machines, hearing aid equipment, and soothing measures, even a lifelong condition can be managed and symptoms targeted properly. This way, over time, you can ensure that your wellbeing thrives.
Properly Explaining Your Condition & Leaning On Others
It’s hard to explain to others what a condition is like if they haven’t experienced it, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be interested in understanding it. Leaning on others can be a tough ask, especially for independent people, but it can be a great way to realize that hope is nearby and you deserve to be helped from time to time. Just think to the lengths you would be willing to go to in order to help a friend or relative in need, even if that just meant listening to their new normal and helping them structure and rebuild their life. It might be that finding hope means asking others to provide this for you, and most often, they’ll be only too willing to help.
With this advice, we hope you can find hope, even with a diagnosed medical condition going forward.