Mark 5:26 – She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
It can be difficult when you have one chronic illness. But what if you have multiple conditions? You can feel like you are pieces of a whole.
Pieces of a whole. Like Humpty Dumpty you fall down and all the king’s horses and all the kings men can’t put you back together again. Is there anything you can do to continue to live? To have the courage to fight. To want to fight. But soon, you don’t care anymore.
Health.harvard.edu, in their article, “Tips to Cope Whey You’re Juggling Several Chronic Health Issues,” makes some suggestions on being proactive and taking back control. Become a medication expert. Know what you’re taking. Research how they help and how they impact in a negative way your health. Keep tract of your symptoms and treatments. I have a binder that has a section for each doctor. There, I have a friend take notes while I’m at my doctors’ appointments. We also list the questions I have and current symptoms that I’d like to discuss with my doctor thus making the visit more profitable. And finally, be your own advocate. If one doctor won’t help you find another. Ask people around you who their doctors are and if there are any they’d recommend you try.
Like the woman in the Bible verse above, you may feel that you have suffered much under the care of many doctors and yet you’re still not getting better. There is one Physician who understands what you’re going through. He cares for you deeply and will give you the wisdom you need when making medical decisions. God will never leave you or forsake you. He will always believe you and love.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.