Being recently diagnosed with a chronic illness can be both a relief and overwhelming, as you now have to deal with this condition for the rest of your life. Taking small steps to educate yourself and ask your doctor or other support groups questions can help ease your transition.
When I was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I really had no idea of the long term affects of this disease. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed with the pain and changes in my body. All I could think about each day was the doctors' visits and the endless amounts of medication. I didn't know anyone else who had RA who I could ask…