If you’ve recently been diagnosed with an illness that might mean your life comes to an end a little sooner than you’d have hoped, then you are probably feeling more than a little overwhelmed right now. Getting a diagnosis like that can evoke a mixture of emotions—fear, confusion, regret—but the worst thing you can do is dwell on this new information and keep your life threatening-diagnosis to yourself.
Millions of people every year hear exactly the same words you may have, and just because your life MIGHT end a little sooner than you thought, it doesn’t mean that it WILL. That’s the first and most important thing you need to remember.
While you’re fighting off this illness, there are some other things you will want to keep in mind.
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Maintain regular check ups
Okay, so you might only be focused on the fact you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, but those things aren’t a death wish. There are many people that come out the other side of the tunnel after battling diseases like that and so you still need to keep on top of your health generally. Regular check ups will not only help with keeping your current illness under control but it will also mean that nothing else goes unnoticed.
There are people out there fighting for your cure every single day
Life-threatening illnesses aren’t exactly a completely new notion to mankind and you need to comfort yourself with the fact that scientists and medical experts are working tremendously hard every day to ensure that medicines can help and even cure these diseases. Governments and organizations often contract the research to those who know what they are doing, such as pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies, so you’re in good hands.
Don’t do it alone
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There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be reaching out to your loved ones once you’ve received a diagnosis of any sort. No one should have to battle illness alone and that’s one of the best things about having a network of friends and family who love you—they are there to support you and not only that, they WANT to. Think how you’d feel if it happened to one of your friends or your parents…you would do everything you could to make life easier and more enjoyable for them, whether that was being a shoulder to cry on or going to the supermarket once a week to pick up their shopping.
Make sure you’ve got a healthy lifestyle
After your diagnosis it can be incredibly easy to just throw in the towel and give up, but that is one of the worst things you can possibly do. You need mental and physical strength to get through hard times like this and mooching around the house feeling sorry for yourself is not going to achieve anything.
Make sure you’re still eating healthily—if you don’t usually then now is certainly a time to start. Make sure you’re getting your five a day and make sure you’re eating regular meals as your body will need it for energy.
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Get off the couch and outside to do some exercise. If you’re not the sort to hit the gym then don’t use that as an excuse to binge watch TV and eat your body weight in junk food. Go for a brisk walk or bike ride instead.