December 16, 2022

Tips for Coping with Sudden Illness or Disability

Illness and disability are, unfortunately, very versatile and come in many different shapes. Some people are affected from birth, while others develop an illness or disability later in life. These ailments can also be gradual, developing over many years, often without the person’s knowledge, but they can also come suddenly. There are people who end up disabled due to an accident or develop a quick-moving disease.

Coping with a sudden illness or disability is difficult because nobody wants to be surprised by such a thing. However, after you get your diagnosis, it’s important to know that not everything is lost! Here’s how people learned to cope with their illness or disability:

Give yourself time to grieve
After you receive the bad news, you might feel like your whole world is crumbling down. Many people feel like nothing will be the same again due to their illness or disability. People fear they will lose loved ones and friends due to their inability to socialize like before or their job because they can’t work like before. These are all great losses that might happen, and if they do, give yourself time to grieve. Every good friend, family member and colleague will be sympathetic to your situation for some time, but after that, you will need to get over your loss and snap out of it—this is the best path for you.

Be positive
Staying positive is not easy when you’re 100% healthy, let alone suffering from a sudden illness or disability. However, it’s important to still hold on to that passion for life. You can stay depressed and keep complaining about your life forever, or you can grieve your past, accept your present and start to be excited for the future in spite of your limits. And positive thinking can do great things for you, even prolong your life and boost your healing. There are many people who gave up after their diagnoses and fell into depression, anxiety and addiction instead of working around their limitations and spending the rest of their lives in happiness and joy.

Minimize the impact of your disability or illness
It’s true that sudden illness or disability can completely alter your life, so you need to be committed to learning how to meet your new needs and rights. Do your best to research your condition and find out how you can make your life easier. Today, there are carefully-designed custom made prosthetics fit for many disabilities that can lighten your load. With some practice, people with disabilities can learn to use their prosthetic limbs and gain access to many new activities and places. Also, instead of focusing on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do. People in wheelchairs might not be able to reach the top shelf at the supermarket, but you can still cook a bomb meal. There are also many accessibility changes you can make at home to make your living space more suitable for your illness or disability.

Take care of your body and mind
If you want to be at your best, it’s imperative to take care of your body and mind. Focus on a healthy diet of veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean protein, and many of your health issues might get better. Healthy eating and plenty of activity will also improve your mental health, help with depression and anxiety and ensure you sleep better.

Find your support group
It doesn’t matter what kind of ailment befell you, there are always people who can help. Maybe you lost your vision or hearing, or you lost the ability to walk. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or MS, preventing you from living your life to the fullest. There are people who are going through the same thing, so find your support group and learn many new things about coping and thriving with disability or illness. 

Giving up on yourself is not an option. Being diagnosed with a sudden illness or disability can rock your world to the core, but it doesn’t have to kill your enthusiasm, drive and pride. With these coping tools, you’ll get to see your new reality and learn how to live it to the fullest. Pay attention to your health and seek professional help if need be. Every new change is hard, but in time, things will get easier and easier for you.

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  1. Thank you for sharing Ms.Jen. yes po very helpful nito at agree ako sa always be positive anuman ang kalagayan natin sa buhay 😍

  2. Perfectly said ! I feel this ,hindi po ako isang Disability person but my brother po
    Pero kung ano man ang kalagayan niya, i feel this too
    Ayoko siyang mabully ng ibang tao
    Kasi nasasaktan kami din as a part of the family
    One thing na nasa isip at puso namin
    Just think positive as always
    And Thank you for sharing this po,
    Very informative blog and helpful as well
    May learnings na naman ako nito , worth it to read talaga

  3. thanks for sharing this ms.jen Very helpful po

  4. Thanks For sharing this po Ms.jen Very helpful po

  5. Thanks for the tips. Ang ganda ng blog na ito. Napakalaking tulong sa bawat indibidwal.


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