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Coping and Accepting Your Diagnosis

February 12, 2018

You can be faced with many mixed emotions after you are diagnosed with a chronic illness. For starters, you have finally found out what is going on with your health, and now you can take the next step in finding a therapy that can help control your symptoms. On the other hand, you just found out you have a disease like multiple sclerosis; you must now think about your journey ahead and how this will soon impact your whole life.

Thinking about the life changes and what lies ahead can be scary and hard to accept. There are a few ways that can help you out and ease your way into this change.

Give Into Your Emotions

Allow yourself to give into the emotions you are feeling. It is okay to feel grief, denial, sadness or anxiety—these feelings are only normal. They will likely fade away with time, but if you find yourself struggling with them for longer than you feel comfortable with, don’t be afraid to seek help from a therapist.

Coping Strategies

There are different strategies you can use to cope with your newfound illness that can create an “inner peace and satisfaction with life”. Using different coping mechanisms can help gear your focus onto the strategy itself and less on your actual illness. It is suggested that it is best to focus on the things we can control in our lives, such as eating healthy foods, taking prescribed medications, exercising and severing toxic relationships.

Finding a Solid Support System

Surrounding yourself with friends and family that will stick by your side is extremely important. You may feel completely alone at the start of your diagnosis, but your friends and family will stick by your side and will want to help you get through this adjustment period. Be open and honest with your feelings and this will help them understand what you are going through.
Feel free to check out MS support groups in your area as well. It will feel great to speak with those who are going through, or have gone through, the same thing you are currently experiencing.