That fateful day when you receive a diagnosis that changes life as you once knew it, be that for yourself or a loved one, life will no longer be the same.
Once the shock wears off it is then time to find ways to cope with the change, sometimes a small change and other times a drastic change. Either way change is going to happen and will most likely affect the whole family.
So, how do you cope with the diagnosis? First step is to implement practical changes, what needs to be done to keep everyone physically safe? Then comes emotional well-being both for the one with diagnosis and carer and other family members.
This isn’t a quick process and not one I can talk about it one blog post unless you want to be reading for days.
For us it was a matter of ensuring we had the medical training to ensure our girl would be safe, monitoring was put in place for our seizure watch 24/7. Then came learning how to cope with the emotional and mental ramifications of her diagnosis.
Every diagnosis takes a similar path, important steps that need to be put in place and dealing with the emotional distress that comes with it. As overwhelming as it can feel, just take one step at a time, putting one foot in front of the other.
Written by Nicole Ivens
Nicole Ivens is an experienced Professional Counsellor, Wellness Coach and EFT Practitioner.
Nicole helps women to reduce fear and anxiety and take back control of their life by kicking fear to the kerb and getting back in the driver’s seat of their life.