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Re: [CHAT] Coping with illness

Illness doesn’t always mean the occasional cold or flu, but also the problem of chronic illness. Have you ever been affected by chronic illness (in yourself or someone close to you) and how did it effect you if you have?

 

Even though chronic illnesses exist widely in my family, it hasn't really had an effect on me as that is the way I grew up so it is not something that is noticible to me.


My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

Re: [CHAT] Coping with illness

Illness doesn’t always mean the occasional cold or flu, but also the problem of chronic illness. Have you ever been affected by chronic illness (in yourself or someone close to you) and how did it effect you if you have?

I'm not 100% sure what you mean by chronic illness but my mum has an old injury that has come back to haunt her. It means that she can barely move without being in pain and since I had a special event the other weekend which she couldn't attend which made me sad. And my dad also had issues with his stomach awhile ago which he had to go into hospital for and still effects him.
I guess I just have to be there for them when they need me.

Re: [CHAT] Coping with illness


Illness doesn’t always mean the occasional cold or flu, but also the problem of chronic illness. Have you ever been affected by chronic illness (in yourself or someone close to you) and how did it effect you if you have?

 

 

This an interesting question for me.n While I've never had a chronic physical illness, I have been experiencing a variety of health symptoms for about 6 months (e.g. headaches and nausea) which have been having a profound impact on my life. They've sometimes stopped me going to work, made it difficult for me to concentrate get things done and have increased my anxiety tenfold. It's very difficult especially when I have no idea what is going on, but I can't imagine what it must be like for those with a diagnosed chronic illness.

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@N1ghtW1ng sounds like they are lucky to have you as a daughter Smiley Happy 

 

@stonepixie sorry you have had to deal with it so much, but its probably made you a very resiliant person!

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@SJG thanks. Robot Happy

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Forgot to mention other family members - my Nana had Alzheimer's for the last 6 years of her life which had a big impact on our family. Just the ongoing grief as she got worse and the amount of time and energy it took to care for her took a big toll, especially on my mum. It also caused a lot of infighting between her and her siblings which caused her a lot of stress.

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Don't be @SJG! It is not your fault.


My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

Re: [CHAT] Coping with illness

Awesome session everyone! Time to wrap up now, but here's what we talked about tonight:

  •       First we talked about how we all handle getting sick. Mostly we agreed that we needed a bit of downtime when we were feeling sick, along with maybe getting a bit moody or experiencing some anxiety, but sometimes trying to push through it and get on with it when we can.

 

  •       Next we talked about some of the things we could do to relax while feeling under the weather. Some suggestions included watching movies/tv shows, having a long bath, sleeping, practicing mindfulness and general self care.

 

  •       Then we covered looking after our mental health while dealing with illness. Some things that came up were trying to remain positive, challenging negative thoughts, talking to friends, practicing self-care (e.g. making sure to eat well/take medication) and getting fresh air.

 

  •       After that we talked about the people in our lives that support us while we’re not feeling great. Family (specifically parents) came up quite a bit, as well as close friends. While some people said they prefer to be mostly alone when they weren’t feeling well, a big point that came up was knowing that the people you trust were reachable by phone, internet, etc.

 

  •       Next we talked about looking after others when we’re sick and what we can do to make them feel a bit better. Some points included being there to listen, taking care of stressful tasks, making sure they have what they need for recovery and asking about specific needs.

 

  •       Then we talked about managing other aspects of life while feeling sick. Points that came up were monitoring to not over do it and getting support from others.

 

  •       After that we talked about chronic illness. A number of us had been affected by chronic illnesses in others and ourselves, affecting life on an overarching and a day-to-day basis.

Thank you all for contributing!

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@delicatedreamer Alzheimers can be so hard to deal with Smiley Sad and sad to watch. Sucks that it was in your family. At least she has you Smiley Happy

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Thanks @SJG Smiley Happy

Thanks for the chat tonight everyone, and thanks to SJG and Chessca_H for facilitating Smiley Happy. Good night all!