Diagnosis Is Not The End, But The Beginning: How To Deal With Being Told You’re Ill



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For some, diagnosis comes at the end of a long road of looking for answers about their health. Finally discovering what is wrong with them brings a certain kind of peace; the solution; the cause they have been seeking. No longer do they have to scramble to try to find their way – they can move forward.


In some respects, those people are lucky – even if their road to diagnosis was a painful one. They have been anticipating something for years as they age and can find relief in discovering their condition.


For those less fortunate to have known such a thing was around the corner, being diagnosed with a health condition can be terrifying. There is a myriad of ways you can find yourself being told you have a health condition and you had no idea it was on the cards. Maybe you dismissed symptoms you have since learned you shouldn’t or something minor became something major. Perhaps you just had anomalous results on what you thought was a standard testing procedure.


However it’s happened, the reality is stark. Last week, as far as you knew, you were healthy. Maybe you need to lose a bit of weight or cut back on your alcohol consumption, but that was all. Now, you’ve been told you have a condition and that you are due to undergo treatment.

How do you learn to cope?


Step One: Don’t Panic


Panicking doesn’t solve anything. In fact, with some health conditions it might actually exacerbate the problem.


Of course, saying “don’t panic” is not going to make it so. No one chooses to panic; it just happens to us. What you can control is your response.


Focus on self-calming techniques such as meditation and positive self-talk. They might sound like New Age mumbo-jumbo, but they work for millions of people – and you’re going to need a clear mind to get through this.


If necessary, seek professional advice on this through a therapist. You don’t have to worry about burdening your family and friends with your concerns, but you still have an outlet. It doesn’t have to be a long course of therapy, but a few chats to help your articulate your feelings could be beneficial.


Step Two: Research Mode


If you have been diagnosed out of the blue, then you can find yourself faced with what feels like an uphill struggle. You have a new, complex medical term and you suffer from it – but you know nothing about it.


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At this point, it’s natural to want to go and research it – and to an extent, you should. Just try to bear in mind that you will find horror stories of even the most benign of illnesses, so try to take everything with a pinch of salt. This is especially true if you’re doing your research online, when people are more likely to embellish. Don’t be frightened by what you read.


This also gives you an opportunity to learn more about treatments. Unless you have been keeping abreast of scientific breakthroughs, you’ll be surprised by how much you have to learn. Treatment for illnesses is evolving all the time, and the prognosis of the patient is improving at the same rate. Medicine does not stand still.


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You may discover revolutionary new treatments such as gene editing techniques that you want to try, and there’s no harm in bringing them up with your doctor. Focus on areas that are medically recognized and being conducted by doctors.


Step Three: Avoid The Crackpots


In the course of research mode, you will find yourself confronted by a snake oil salesman or twenty who will promise a cure for a bargain price. Don’t be tempted.


While alternative therapies like acupuncture can have some therapeutic benefit, don’t be swayed too much by alternative remedies. It may be tempting that someone has the fix you have been longing for, but if they did, then they wouldn’t be selling it online – it’d be being channeled through big pharma. So be skeptical and always discuss anything that you want to experiment with through your medical professionals.


This is especially important to remember even if you are usually more sceptical. You might not be in the right frame of mind to apply your usual reasoning to anything you read, so be wary of that and ensure that you take your time. If necessary, always bring up anything you want to try with a friend and see if they think it’s a good decision.


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Bear in mind this is not just about protecting yourself financially – it’s also a health risk to try a treatment that is not medically verified. This is especially true if you’re taking a supplement that has not been tested, so go cautiously at every point.


Step Four: Talk To Others


While you’re online, support networks are there waiting for you to explore. You can talk to those who suffer from the same condition. Even if you don’t learn anything in terms of your illness, it will at least give you some insight into how others cope.


You’ll also need to talk to your friends and family. Try and keep it brief. Explain you are unwell, what the next steps of treatment are and how it might impact your ability to interact with them. This is a difficult thing to do, and don’t be ashamed of not being able to face it in person – email and explain your decision to do so if it helps.


If you’re tempted to keep things to yourself, don’t. You’re going to need support, and you’re going to need people to be understanding. By all means keep it brief, but definitely make sure people are aware.


Step Five: Acceptance


When all of the above is done, you will be on better ground than you were when you were diagnosed. Try and keep in mind that now you know, you can do something about it. Better that than an illness be discovered when it’s too late to take action – so go forward with optimism in mind.


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Being Your Own Boss: Not as Unrealistic as It Sounds!




“Be your own boss!”, you’ve probably heard many an intriguing job advertisement claim. But, as many people have discovered, it’s something that’s definitely easier said than done.


There are a lot of hurdles that people fall at when it comes to transitioning to this sort of career-based freedom. Bosses are pretty darn useful, it turns out! When you work for someone else, you end up avoiding so many of the inconveniences and complexities that come with having to pave your own way!


Preparing yourself for this kind of move (which, yes, usually means either starting your own business or doing some freelance work from home) means getting into a state where you can either avoid these hurdles or know how to tackle them when they appear. We’re going to take a look at the mistakes that a lot of people make when it comes to this endeavour.


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Focussing on what you don’t want


You know what you don’t want – you’re sick of the office politics, the nine to five, the work you feel no passion for, other people calling all the shots. But what is it you actually do want, except to escape all of those things? Take the time to really visualize precisely what you want to spend your time doing going forward.


Not getting any sort of help


Just because you’re looking to go your own way, it doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone. So many people get into this mindset that in order to do it “properly” that they have to be completely independent. That they have to do it all themselves. Not only is this not true, but it could also ruin your chances of success. For example, if you’re starting an online business – a popular pursuit for those who want to be their own boss – then don’t assume you have to do all the web design yourself. Getting the help of friends, or even other companies, isn’t just recommended – sometimes, it’s a must.




A lack of realistic approach


Too many people have wanted to become their own boss and found themselves suckered in by those spammy “I made $2000 p/h in my pyjamas just doing THIS from home!!” kind of messages you see in emails and comment sections. I doubt there are too many of you out there who need to be told this, but you need to avoid anything that tries to convince you that this is going to be easy, comfortable, and quick. It’s going to take time, money, and effort.


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To be honest, the biggest hurdle that people face is usually found right at the beginning. It’s the hurdle that prevents them from ever trying to follow this path. It’s the “rational” voice in their head that’s telling them that they don’t have the skills to go their own way. That you lack the financial or technological knowledge. That you’re not brave enough. And what happens when you sow the seeds of doubt within yourself so thoroughly? That’s right: you don’t try. Most people who want to escape their current job and be their own boss are going to find a way to convince themselves that they shouldn’t do it. Don’t be one of those people!

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The Road To Recovery: Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Returning To Work

No matter how fit we are, there is one health risk that it is completely impossible to totally prevent. And that is an accident. Accidents can happen anywhere and everywhere. Not only that, though, but they can also occur at any time. As there is no way of telling whether will be injured in an accident or not, it can really throw a spanner in the works when we do. As a result, we often end up taking a significant period of time off work to help recover. Many people find that returning to work can be a bit of a struggle, especially if they aren’t 100% better. Wondering whether it is the right time to head back to work? Ask yourself the following questions to help figure it out.




Will It Ruin Your Compensation Claim?


If the accident wasn’t your own fault, you will have probably been in touch with a personal injury lawyer regarding compensation. In most cases, a compensation claim is easily settled by an out of court settlement and payment. However, in some cases, the claim may end up in court. Some people think that returning to work will damage their court case. However, this isn’t true. In actual fact, the complete opposite may occur, and taking unnecessary time off work can actually reduce the chance of you getting the compensation. Returning to work in good time shows that you have a good work ethic. If you aren’t in pain, and your doctor says it is OK to, you should seriously consider returning as soon as possibly.


Am I Still Entitled To Accident Benefits If I Return To Work?


A lot of people worry about returning to work because they think that their accident benefits will come to an end. Accident benefits are for those who were injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault. These are different to compensation as everyone is entitled to them, whereas you aren’t guaranteed to win your compensation claim. Accident benefits include rehabilitation costs and medical treatment. The good news is that these won’t stop until you are completely recovered. So don’t be worried about returning to work early, as this won’t affect the benefits that you receive.




Will Going Back To Work Slow Down My Recovery?


At the end of the day, the answer to this question depends on your own personal situation. Our bodies all recover at different speeds, and it is all down to our overall health and fitness and severity of the accident. The best way to decide whether working will slow down your recovery is to speak to your doctor. However, most people find that returning to work actually helps them get better quicker. That’s because being at work takes their mind off their injuries, which can reduce how much they notice any pain. Ultimately, you need to talk to your doctor about this, as they will be able to give you their professional opinion.
One day you will be able to return to work; just make sure you don’t rush into things!

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Enter The Car-nival Of Choas… And Get Out In One Piece!


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Getting out onto the road should be a wonderful and joyous experience. Everyone on the roads should be suitable for them. And, the police in your area no doubt do a good job keeping the roads clean. But, there’s only so much good policing and careful driving can do for you. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to take a different approach. This post will go through some ways to make your journeys even safer, without breaking the bank.


A lot of roads are very remote. This means that it can be nearly impossible to get aid if you have an accident and get injured. If you can’t get mobile signal; you could be all alone. So, this is where a first aid kit comes in. When comparing the size of a car and a medical kit, it’s easy to see why there’s no excuse not to have one at all times. Almost all cars will have enough space to stow a kit somewhere, even if it’s just under a seat. A medical kit won’t only help when you’re stranded, though. Regardless of whether or not medical professionals are on their way, first aid can be the only thing that saves a life. Being able to stop bleeding, or at least slow it, before doctors arrive can be life-saving.


There are some other risks on the road, though. Other cars present the greatest example of this. But, so are other objects. When performing maneuvers that involve reversing, you are at much higher risk of a collision. It can be hard to keep checking your mirrors, and people often forget. Thankfully, a camera kit can help you here. Being able to see where you’re going without having to turn around gives you a chance to focus more on controlling the car. Having another camera on your dash will help against other drivers, too. If somebody hits you, with two cameras, you’ll have all of the evidence you need. This can tilt decisions by insurance companies, and help you to save money in the future. You can find camera kits for cars on loads of websites, like Safety Dave.


The tyres on your car play a very large role in the car’s safety. Tyres are designed to be pressurised, within a certain range. While in this range, they will perform well on the roads. Outside of this range, they can become quite dangerous, though. Tyres play a big part in keeping your car on the road. They help with turning and grip, and they prevent any metal from touching the road. This means that it’s very important to check your tyres every month or so. Use a tyre pressure gauge to make sure that your tyres are in good shape. Or, get your hands on a fancy monitor that can keep you updated about your tyre pressure all the time.
Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what needs to be done to your car in order to make it safer on the road. Of course, there’s a lot more that you can do, as well. So, it’s worth doing some more research, until you’re satisfied that you know everything there is to know about car safety.

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You Have No Excuse To Ever Be Bored Again With These Awesome Hobbies

In the modern world, the idea of being bored is, frankly, a little bit bizarre. There has literally never been more to do, see, hear or experience at any other point in human history. The problem is that it’s not that likely that everyone will want to do, see, hear or experience all of the same things as each other. In fact, plenty of people end up trying plenty of different things and getting bored. It’s only natural; human beings often find themselves switching from one thing to another. But what if you want to find something really interesting? Something you can really stick to and enjoy long term? Well for that, maybe you should try something just a little bit different. Here are three awesome and unusual hobbies that are sure to get you completely and totally hooked.




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Yep, you heard right, trapeze. Those death-defying swinging stunts you see at the circus. If you want the chance to turn yourself into the human equivalent of a ballistic missile, then there are plenty of classes available that can help you “catch” (sorry) the big for this incredibly exciting and addictive hobby. You’ll be amazed at the pace that a lot of these classes move. By the end of your lesson, you’ll be your first attempts at all of those incredible flips and tricks you thought only possible for the world’s top gymnasts! And don’t worry, there is always going to be a safety net so it’s actually a lot less dangerous than you might first thing.


Learn to fly


Perhaps you want to take to the air for some slightly longer periods of time? Well, then why not think about getting your pilot’s license? There isn’t a person alive who didn’t dream of being a pilot when they were a kid! Soaring high above the clouds and looking down at the earth is one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world, and it’s made even more so when you’re the one who’s in complete control. Soar Aviation offer a whole variety of classes going all the way from a free introductory trial to advanced flight classes. You really will believe that you can fly!




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Ever wanted to be a hamster? No? Well, you will once you get a taste of the ridiculous and ridiculously fun new craze that’s sweeping the globe. Zorbing is as simple as it is hilarious. You get inside a giant, squashy ball of transparent plastic and then you roll down a hill. That’s it! Well, that’s not quite it. Because the variation in the kind of riotous fun that you can have while Zorbing is actually pretty impressive. You can do it on your own, while some balls accommodate multiple people. Not only that but you can even use them on the water, which adds a whole extra layer to the hilarity that ensues from trying to remain stable while inside a giant hamster ball.

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