Getting through the first year… what’s it like?
By April 30 at 10:38 pm 1,209 4
Being diagnosed with a chronic condition brings up a lot of questions. Some of them include: What’s my life going to be like? How will my relationships be affected? Will I be normal? And the ultimate question: Why me?
Did any of these questions come up for you? Along with a few of your own?
And then there’s the steps forward followed by steps back that are part of getting through the first year.
Most likely, you’ve had your share of emotional ups and downs. Like anger, sadness, and fear. Those are the big ones.
My clients talk to me about how the initial shock of receiving an unexpected diagnosis at some point gives way to feelings that can be unfamiliar, scary, and at times overwhelming. Experiencing all those emotions, as difficult as that can be, is a big part of learning to live with a chronic condition.
I wrote an article on this topic awhile back. Here’s a link:
I’m really interested to know what that first year was like after your diagnosis. Anything helpful you did or that someone did for you? Any advice to share?
Or, if you still in that first year, what’s going on with you? Any advice to share? Need some advice?