What Can I Do For YOU?

When you’re living with a chronic condition, you need a lot of support from your partner. But here’s a question: Are you supporting your partner in return?  Check out my latest Chronic Communication article: http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/chronic-communication-at-home-what-can-i-do-for-you/

Why do we get mad at other people?

When you’re living with a chronic condition, you may find that your patience can wear a little thin. And that the behavior of other people – especially people you care about – just doesn’t match up to what you expect, and know they are capable of. After all, you’re dealing with a lot. Don’t they…

Rediagnosed, my friend’s cancer journey

My good friend, John Gaffney, had done a lot of writing about his cancer experience.  Here is a link to a recent article he wrote.  He is an incredible writer, and he has a lot of important things to say about cancer treatment.  http://www.coastalconnecticut.com/one-mans-cancer-odyssey-part-three-rediagnosed/

Ready to be Kinder to Yourself?

We human beings sure can be tough on ourselves. Pointing out our mistakes. Our misjudgments. Anything we do that falls short of a demand we didn’t meet. All too often demands we created for ourselves and that weren’t realistic in the first place.  Check out my article on self-compassion.

Worried?

Do you find yourself worrying a lot?  Humans worry.  If you’re living with a chronic condition, you may feel like you have that much more to worry about.  I just published an article in Resources on how to deal with worried thoughts.

The Envy Trap. How to Get Out of It, How to Avoid It.

It’s only human to wish you could put yourself into somebody else’s shoes. You ask yourself “I wonder what it would be like…?” Along with “why them and not me?” And these questions might also lead you back to that question people living with chronic conditions often ask: “Why me?”  Check out my article on the…

Considering Psych Meds?

Have you considered taking an antidepressant or an anti-anxiety medication?  Having trouble making the decision.  I recently published an article with some ideas for you to consider.  Here’s a link:  http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/antidepressants-anti-anxiety-medication/

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We are taught to try to make anxiety go away.  But how about getting to know your anxious feelings and see if there is a lesson to be learned?  Check out my latest article, “Anxious?  How About Running Toward Your Anxiety?”

Describing your Symptoms to Your Doctor

It’s not always so easy to describe your symptoms to your doctor.  I just posted an article with some approaches you might find helpful.  Here’s a link: http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/talking-doctor-find-right-words-describe-symptoms/

Get tired of hearing the “challenge” word?

In my job, I often talk with people about how they are handling the challenges of life. With my friends, with my clients. Life is pretty unpredictable. And life requires a lot of effort on our part. That’s for sure. Nobody knows that better than someone who is living with a chronic condition.  But I sometimes…