Chronic disease seems to be a modern-day plague. The degree of suffering may vary, but one of the biggest fears is the uncertainty associated with a chronic illness. Is this condition just brief, lasting only a short while? Or, it could become permanent, gradually worsening over time? How will it change my life and habits?
There are many types of chronic disease, from diabetes and hepatitis to Lyme disease and chronic fatigue. While modern medicine has made great strides in developing treatments for the physical effects of these diseases, many victims still face a staggering challenge dealing with symptoms and managing their lives. Not to mention the vicious cycle of hope and disappointment that each attempt at treatment often brings.
Chronic suffering can force you to make many stressful lifestyle changes, such as giving up activities you love, adapting to new physical limitations, and paying for expensive medications and treatments. Day-to-day living may become challenging and diminished performance at work and social functions can lead to further emotional stress and lack of energy.