Confidence, Hope, Security, Peace of Mind
These are the things that you will walk away with when you take these 6 simple steps.
Most people do not choose to have a disability or illness. They do not choose to lose their retirement money or their job. When life happens it can create feelings of doubt, fear, anxiety, and stress. The life we once knew and felt comfortable with has now changed. Change is not always easy. Change can be uneasy, uncomfortable, and leave us feeling out of control. Just the thought of hearing the words “you have cancer”, “your loved one is now disabled”, “how are you going to pay your medical bills” can send you into sheer panic mode.
Coming Home’s Six Simple Steps are designed to help you transition from stress and anxiety to confidence and peace of mind. You will discover how you can survive and thrive in this new normal. Each step will strengthen you so that when life happens instead of feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and exhausted you can feel hopeful, confident, and secure.
Let me encourage you to take the first step! These simple steps will help you to create a meaningful life out of a chronic illness.
Start From The Beginning
A New Change
One of the key things to understand about getting your medical information organized and managed is the concept of “information overload”. There are layers upon layers of information regarding chronic illness and disability. The problem is you need to begin to process and understand your personal health information for you or your loved one to help keep you from drowning in the “information overload”.
Chronic illness and disability is not something that you plan for. There will come a time when you will not be the primary caregiver. Getting a home emergency plan written down will help to alleviate the stress and anxiety during the times someone else will need to step in.
A New Partnership
Caring for your loved one probably involves multiple health professionals, various agencies and a myriad of providers from government assistance programs to medical equipment and supplies. Take time to foster a positive relationship with them. Creating a foundation of trust is an important building block to help you with your team of professionals.
A New Routine
One of the changes that come from living with chronic illness is in your routine. Most likely your day will intertwine with various medicines, therapies, medical treatments, etc. It may even require the help of someone else, your spouse, parent, nurse, or other caregiver. It is not necessarily a bad thing it is just different. It may take some time to settle into this new routine but you will find comfort as you learn to adapt to the new changes. Take a moment to embrace this new routine.
A New Loved One
With a chronic condition you must now know what things to do and what things to avoid. This is especially important during an emergency crisis.
When there is a crisis, there is no time to waste. Your ability to communicate critical do’s and don’ts to emergency personnel may mean the difference between life and death.
A New You
Now you are becoming aware of this “new you” perspective. You are realizing that not only can you “survive” but “thrive” in this new normal life with a chronic illness or disability. As you gain this new perspective, you are not only changed on the outside but on the inside as well.