Got a Healthcare Journal?

Maintaining a healthcare journal can be really valuable.  You can record thoughts and feelings, symptoms, questions… It’s up to you what you want in it and how you want to use it.  Here’s a link to an article on how to get the most out of your journal:  http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/keeping-journal-joys-benefits/

When the diagnosis is terminal….

There is no words to adequately describe what it is like to receive the news that a diagnosis is terminal. And no magic formula to tell you how to cope.  But here’s a link to article I just posted with some ideas that might help.  It’s in the Patients section of Resources.  Here’s a link: http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/diagnosis-terminal-eleven-steps-toward-coping-hope/…

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If you’re living with a chronic condition, you may have the need for some accommodations at your job.  That can be a hard conversation to have.  Here is an article with some ideas for how to handle this conversation: http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/chronic-communication-work-talking-accommodations-chronic-condition/

I’d rather not know… Really?

It’s only human nature to want to avoid bad news.  But going into avoidance mode may not be the best way to approach to getting screened for a condition like cancer.  Here’s a link to an article I recently wrote on why we avoid medical testing and how to overcome your own avoidance: http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/youd-rather-know-nine-steps-toward-facing-facts/

Feeling lost?

“I’m lost.”  Have you ever said that?  Well, I hear it a lot.  Getting the news of a medical diagnosis can leave you feeling like the foundation got ripped out from under you.  And when you are living with a chronic condition over the long term, those moments of feeling lost are bound to pop…

Having fun yet?

Having fun adds a lot to your quality of life. When we smile, we produce those positive hormones – endorphins – that help to lower stress. So does having a good laugh. Having fun with people we care about brings us closer.   And having fun gives us a break from the pressures of life and…

Vent! It’s a healthy thing to do!

Here are the potential benefits of a good vent: Venting helps you work through your feelings which, in turn, is a step toward accepting the challenges you’re facing. It’s a way to let out all those feelings that have been building up in your mind, taking up valuable space that could be better used for…

Second-Guessing

Let’s say you’ve got a decision to make.  Maybe a new treatment that your doctor has recommended.  Or you’re deciding between two health insurance plans.  Or any of those decisions that often feel like a fork in the road. It’s human to feel fear when you have a decision ahead of you.  And fear can keep…

Give.

Reach out to someone who can use some support, be a listening ear, share some words of encouragement.  Volunteer and share your skills and talents.  When you give of yourself, you are a blessing to the other person.  Feel the boomerang effect as the blessing comes back to you.

Men, emotions…

You might remember the “strong, silent type” of guy from the movies in the 40’s.  He’s the self-reliant guy who with the poker face who never let anyone know how he was feeling.  A lot of guys are still walking around  holding in their emotions.  And it’s not helping them, nor is it helping  the…