Some diseases, such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes, can’t be cured. They can, however, be treated with medication and lifestyle changes that reduce negative impact on your daily life.
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There are many different actions you can take starting on the day of diagnosis that will improve your quality of life and allow you to enjoy every day. We share some tips below.
Arm yourself with information
The first thing anyone should do after being diagnosed with a disease or condition is to learn. Although it might feel like a lot to take in, there are many sites – Patients Rising suggest Mayo Clinic and MedlinePlus – with reliable information that’s written for patients. Be cautious here and don’t try to re-diagnose yourself or change your treatment plan based on what you read on the internet. Remember, your best source of information is always your healthcare team, especially if you read something you don’t agree with or don’t fully understand.
Find a home you can afford, and hire moving pros
If your home does not lend itself to your recovery or quality of life, it might be time to move. Start by evaluating how much home you can afford, which will involve taking a close look at your credit score and taking steps to improve your rating. and then look for an agent to help you search before you get approved for a loan.
Let your agent know what you need. For example, if your current home has stairs and you suffer from pain, make sure they help you look exclusively for single-story properties. Using an online tool to sort through what’s available in the market can help, too. The important thing is to find a home that meets your needs.
Next, eliminate stress by hiring a reputable moving service. A quick tip here: Don’t accept estimates given on the phone. All reputable moving services will come to you and give you a written price in person. Another tip: Start your search online for local moving companies so you can compare reviews with ease.
Prioritize your overall wellness
While your daily actions may not have contributed to your current diagnosis, the things you do now can help mitigate the effects of many issues. For example, taking yoga lessons can help you manage your breathing, keep your muscles limber, and help you manage stress. Further, prioritizing healthy eating now is essential. The food you eat fuels every cell in your body, and, according to Cleveland Clinic, eating the right foods can boost your immunity and may even reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
You can also take steps to ensure that your home is conducive to a happy, healthy life. For example, clutter and messiness can cause you to feel stressed out, which is why it’s a good idea to keep things tidy. Fostering positivity in your home can also help you feel comfort and peace during what is a very stressful time in your life.
Make sure your insurance information is up-to-date
Your life, health, and other insurance plans can help you bridge any financial gaps you might experience because of your disease. Take the time to get all of your information together in one place. Being organized is also crucial if you need to make an appeal due to a denial of coverage. Now is also the perfect time to get your life insurance policies together. Even if you are expected to be able to live with your condition for many years to come, it never hurts to have everything in one place. If you have supplemental insurance, make sure that your spouse, adult children, or partner are aware of this and know how to file a claim on your behalf.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do upon any type of unpleasant diagnosis is to maintain a positive attitude. The way that we react to both negative and positive situations can have a profound effect on the progression of our disease. If you’re feeling lost or hopeless, talk to your healthcare provider, who may be able to recommend other lifestyle changes or put you in touch with a therapist that can help you work through your emotions as you deal with this unsettling news. Most of all, remember that your disease doesn’t define you, and there are many things that you can control even when you feel helpless.
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