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…

What to do with angry feelings

Anger is a normal human emotion.  We all get angry from time to time.  Living with a chronic condition can bring up all kinds of angry feelings.  What do you do with all that anger?  Here’s a link to an article I just published:  http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/whew-ever-mad-seven-remedies-angry-feelings/

Be your authentic self.

When things don’t feel all that rosy, don’t pressure yourself to pretend otherwise.  Let the people you are closest to know when you are having one of those days that we all have from time to time, when the challenges of life, including but not limited to your diagnosis, are just plain frustrating.  And then…

Worried about side effects?

Have you ever taking a look at side effect list that comes with your medications or done some research on the Web? If so, do you ever notice anything on the list that worries you? Or, on the other hand, are you avoiding those side effect lists so that you don’t have to think about…

It’s Spring. Enjoy!

Spring is a time to of rebirth.  So how about freshening up your routine?  Get involved with activities that you can participate in and that give you joy.  And add some new ones.  Hobbies to enjoy on your own, as well as the things you do for and with people you care about.  Get outdoors…

So, what’s eating you?

When you’re having a bad day, it can seem like nothing in your life is going right.  But most likely, there’s something specific that’s triggering it.  Ask yourself: What’s bothering me?  The cause may be physical.  It may be emotional.  It may about a relationship.  If you can identify the cause of your bad day,…

Laugh. No? Okay. Smile.

Laugh (or at least smile).  Having a sense of humor is a great antidote for stress.  And let’s face it, sometimes you just gotta stand back, shake your head, and laugh.  Better yet, find someone who can have a laugh along with you.  Humor helps you to maintain your perspective and avoid getting caught up…

Knowledge is power.

Update your knowledge – continuously. Learn how to monitor your own symptoms, including any new developments that you may want to talk to your doctor about.  Stay abreast of the newest thinking about what you can do to take the best possible care of yourself.  And medical science is constantly on the move, so keep…