Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What Advice Would You Give Someone Who's Just Been Diagnosed?

Yesterday, I was asked by a radio host what advice I would give someone who had just been diagnosed. Wow, where do you start?

Well I certainly know what NOT to say (By now, you've all heard my "Top 10 Annoying Things to Say to Someone Who's Just Been Diagnosed." No? it's here: ).

I think I said something about "you have more choices than drugs" and "you can make a difference in your own health" and maybe even "remember to schedule in something fun once a week" and to "take care of your emotional side, because there is a body-mind connection." Something like that. I don't remember. I'm rather "in the moment" when doing radio shows, so I don't usually remember anything I said.

I've not been asked that question on the spot before. Or maybe I have and I said something different.

Anyway, I've been in the process over the last month of creating a "Top tips for people with chronic illness" list, and I would love your input, especially if you yourself have a chronic illness. What do you appreciate hearing, or what would you tell another patient that might help them? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

Patients helping patients- doesn't get much more therapeutic than that. No one knows like someone who's been there. Thanks for your input! Together, we can make a difference.


Carla Ulbrich
The Singing Patient: Author, Health Speaker, Humorous Songwriter and Entertainer - Carla's book "How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?"