Ten years of trying to find a diagnosis taught me two things: how to advocate for myself and how important advocating for myself is. The advice I always give to newly diagnosed person is to “educate yourself and to advocate for yourself,” because no one else is going to do this for you. Chronic illness is serious problem and if you do not believe how serious it is, you will not be motivated to manage your illness, educate yourself, and to work successfully with your medical providers. These things all entail your willingness to make lifestyle changes and taking your prescribed medications to be as healthy as possible. If you are not willing to take care of your body, you will be looking at some serious health complications in the future. While your excuses are justified because chronic illness is overwhelming and can lead a sufferer to be helpless, it does not change the fact that you still have to be willing to take responsibility of your health.
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