Grieving a Chronic Illness
You have just been diagnosed with an illness that will last your entire lifetime. You may have many different feelings, such as anger, resentment, or denial. These feelings are normal and expected because you are experiencing the loss of what your life was like before you were diagnosed with this disease.
You can help yourself adjust by:
Grieving is not a simple process in which you simply adjust to a loss and then never grieve it again. The loss is always with you and you may repeat the process, or some steps in the process, over and over again as you live with this loss. Realizing that you are experiencing a major loss and dealing with your grief will give you more control over your life and your ability to manage this disease.
If you find that you need help in dealing with your feelings, talk with your doctor about counseling.
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