Tips On Dealing with Disease for Young Adults from a 1st Hand Account

Dealing with disease of any kind is a difficult task- whether it’s psychological or physical. Yet, having a disease, or diseases, at a young age, is its own ball game. I know from personal experience. I have Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel in both of my hands and wrists, Chronic Migraines, CFS, and neuropathy. My mother shares some of the same diseases, along with more. The message I am trying to convey is that I know at times you’re going to look back at when you weren’t as sick, or were in remission, and could do the passions that you love, and feel more like yourself. You’ll want to hit things, maybe. Break down and cry. Try and convince yourself that you’re some sort of invalid, because you fall short of the standards you’ve set for yourself. Don’t think that you’re alone in this, even though it may seem that way- you are not less than you ever were, and it takes bravery to put on a mask every day for school or work, so that no one else worries, or feels pity for you. I simply have a few suggestions on how to deal with your diagnosis. Whether it’s terminal, chronic, or short term. 

  1. Keep a journal, and write, or draw what you need to vent out about yourself.
  2. Talk. Talk, talk, talk, talk. Find a friend you feel comfortable enough around to speak to about your health with- not just how it makes you feel, but the physical downfalls of it
  3. Look for others like yourself: Those that are in your age range, who are dealing with the same or similar things. You’ll find that when someone else can FEEL what you are going through, you’ll get to where you can laugh some of it off.
  4. Talk to a counselor, someone who specializes in this, so they don’t peg you with depression and call it a day.
  5. Don’t think about it. On your good days, do what you can, and on your bad days, hang in there. Focus on something else. On something you love. Distraction is key.
  6. Laugh. It’s the best medicine. Laughter actually sends signals to the brain that cause tension to be released from every muscle in the body, and for endorphins (the chemical that make you feel good) to go rushing through your system.
  7. Listen to music. Believe it or not, it works.
  8. Pace yourself. Don’t push your body further than it will go, or to it’s limits. When you come crashing back down, it’ll only be worse on you mentally and physically.
  9. Even though I know you probably want to, don’t isolate yourself.
  10. Remember that you are in control, NOT your disease.
  11.  P.S- If anyone needs somebody to talk to, I'm always free. Look me up on Facebook, at Layla Smalley