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You have just been diagnosed with an illness that will last your
entire lifetime. You may have many different feelings, such as anger,
resentment, or denial. These feelings are normal and expected because you are
experiencing the loss of what your life was like before you were diagnosed with
You can help yourself adjust by:
Grieving is not a simple process in which you simply adjust to a loss
and then never grieve it again. The loss is always with you and you may repeat
the process, or some steps in the process, over and over again as you live with
this loss. Realizing that you are experiencing a major loss and dealing with
your grief will give you more control over your life and your ability to manage
If you find that you need help in dealing with your feelings, talk
with your doctor about counseling.
September 26, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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