Living With

6 Guidelines Patients with Chronic Conditions Live By

John McManamy Aug 22nd, 2014 (updated Nov 13th, 2014)
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Generosity
Generosity

Thinking of others can be extremely difficult when your condition drains you of so much of your life force and turns your focus inward. But giving definitely translates into life’s major prize, namely one worth living.  

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Exercise
Exercise

Whether it’s hiking or running a half-marathon or simply getting outdoors in a wheelchair, exercise engages the body in its own healing and improves function at every level, cellular to organ systems to mood and cognition. Plus, if you keep doing it, you start to feel good about yourself. 

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Hobbies
Hobbies

People who pursue their passions, be it gardening, playing music, or making things, have an easier time coping. This is what life is all about, but our conditions typically rob us of both the ability and the incentive. Significantly, many of the entrants cite getting back into it as major milestones in their recovery. 

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Setting goals
Setting goals

Facing the present requires the ability to look into the future and daring to imagine a better life. From here to there. “There” is your goal. It may be modest. It may be ambitious. This is the key to establishing a good relationship with “here.” 

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Enlisting support
Enlisting support

Our conditions tend to isolate us, cut us off. Yet, those who successfully manage their condition usually have another supporter. No man, no woman, is an island. We can’t do it alone.

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Gratitude
Gratitude

A severe chronic illness amounts to a major setback. But life is also about the small things, and developing an appreciation for them. A quiet moment in nature, a shared experience with someone close, maybe just feeling good about breathing - this sounds crazy, but have some of us actually stumbled upon the meaning of life?