Beyond Terminal – how to survive a potentially life ending diagnosis
The following lists the characteristics required for long term survival of terminal illness as described by those who have lived to tell the tale.
However, no need to wait – many of these tips should see you well placed to avoid chronic illness in the first place!
So, seriously health challenged or not, you may like consider developing some of the traits below:
- Sense of personal responsibility for health
- Sense could influence own health outcome
- Commitment to life in terms of unfinished business
- Sense of meaningfulness to life, a spiritual connection
- New meaning in life as a result of the illness itself
- All engaged in exercise and dietary changes
- Derived useful info from and supportive contact with other sufferers
- Become altruistically involved with other sufferers
- Accepted the reality of diagnosis but refused to see the condition as a death sentence
- Each developed a personalised means of active coping
- All developed and worked with assertiveness and able to say no
- Ability to withdraw from taxing involvements and nurture self
- Sensitivity to their bodies psychological and physical needs
- Ability to communicate openly about their concerns and share way of thinking about things
- Share a ‘healing’ broad minded relationship with their health care providers.