In her book “Walking The Talk,” the author, an independent health care practitioner, says, “You don’t have to talk about chronic illness, because you don’t want to.”
If you want to talk, you must confront the issue, not dismiss it.
If you don’ t, you will get no results.
“If you’re a caregiver who is treating a patient who has multiple chronic conditions, you can tell the patient, ‘I’m so sorry, but this is my life and this is what I live with, and I need to work on it.’
That is not the kind of conversation we want to have.”
Dr. Amy Dallimore, a certified wellness specialist and professor of integrative medicine at the University of Michigan, agrees.
“A lot of people have a belief that if they just tell a patient, this is all in your head and you’re not dealing with it, it’ll magically go away.
If we really want to address chronic illness and get better, we have to be willing to talk and to face the fact that this is a very real and serious disease, and it affects a lot of families.”
Dallimore says we need to take a holistic approach to our health care delivery.
“We’re not treating chronic illness like an issue to be solved, we’re treating it as a health issue.
We need to be really focused on the health of the patient.
We have to understand the illness and we have an obligation to treat it as seriously as possible.”
You don’T need to have all the answers.
The truth is, no matter how much you know about chronic health, you still don’t know what is really going on inside your head.
Dr. Dallience says that, while there are certain strategies that can be effective, there are also others that are not.
“For some people, they’re not going to have the knowledge to actually do anything about chronic illnesses.
They may not be able to get into their doctor’s office and talk to a specialist about their illness.
They’re going to be stuck in a hospital setting and have no access to a care team,” she says.
The fact is, we don’t know what we are supposed to do.
“For me, as a doctor, it’s very important to get to know the person that you’re treating.
It’s also important to be able see their condition and know what it’s like.
If the illness is a chronic disease, you have to start talking to a physician about it.”
You can start talking by getting to know your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
You may also consider volunteering with a local health organization or getting involved with an organization that provides wellness services.
You might want to start looking into joining a local mental health service or becoming an online health advocate.
For many people, talking about chronic disease can be a tough and scary experience.
“People often say, ‘No, I don’t think about it.
I just get up in the morning and work out.
I don’ think about my health, and my doctor doesn’ t think about me.’,” says Dalliance.
“I don’ know that you can go through life without talking about your illness.
You have to really listen to what your doctors are telling you and what your friends are telling, and you have the opportunity to do something about it if you really want.”
For some, chronic illness is just part of their everyday lives.
“My son, when he’s a little bit older, I ask him what it is like to be a chronic condition.
He says, ‘Dad, it’ s not that bad.
I guess it is a little tough, but I can handle it.'”
You can also get involved with a wellness program at your local community health center, such as the North Shore Health Center, the Chicago Area Medical Center, or the North Central Health Center.
You can also find local, regional, and national wellness organizations such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Foundation, and Community Health Center Alliance.
Find out how to get started and what you can do to improve your health.
Dr. DALLIE’S RECOMMENDATION:”It’s important for all of us to learn how to deal with the illness, to work with it.
It is the only way we’re going at it, and we can improve our own health.”
– Dr. Amy A. Dalliimore, Certified Integrative Health Professional, MSN/Medscape.com.