Most of us have spent decades perfecting what are called the Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs. But after a serious diagnosis or frightening symptoms, things often have to change.
We know that a history of physical or psychological childhood abuse is linked to a significantly increased risk of later chronic illness. But Marie tells us how it’s possible to overcome “the ordeal of a chaotic childhood.”
In an era of nasty online doctor reviews and second opinions from Dr. Google, there are still many heart patients like Tommie who feel devastated when a trusted physician moves away.
She was told that she hadn’t had a “real” heart attack because she hadn’t experienced “crushing chest pain that goes to your arms”. But was that accurate?
One woman’s list of excuses to delay seeking help for her cardiac symptoms: “I wasn’t one to complain (probably just a bit of stress, maybe a chest infection, maybe the flu, over-exertion physically, busy, tired and achy – insert excuse here_____!)”
Third in the series of ‘Dear Carolyn’ posts, today’s focuses on something that all patients long for during recovery: resilience in the face of a medical crisis.