You might recall that a US-based woman with a meningioma had contacted me months ago, seeking advice and reassurance.
We've been communicating with each other since then. She accepted the responsibility to A) calm herself down and B) to inform family members of her diagnosis PLUS her need for compassionate help.
Her husband felt immense relief about facing reality, and helped his wife a great deal. The children lost the stress over a family secret that no longer threatened anyone. Mom's cured. She's feeling more cheerful each day. That's a big change from the terror she'd felt long ago. More importantly, her improved attitude let her and her family heal!
Another of my readers, helping his brother to overcome Glioblastoma Multiforme, also keeps an open line of communication with me. They remain hopeful, looking toward a better future. The upbeat attitudes enable the diagnosed brother to live for a cure.
I hear from some of my other book and blog fans, too.
This past weekend, I was doing some rapid-fire E-mails with a man whose son has suffered with RSD/CRPS for more than a year. I updated Dad on several strategies for beating back the pain and for promoting his son's total recovery from the problem. Father and son are already pursuing two of the strategies I recommended. Time will tell if these responses will resolve the RSD, or if another option is called for.
Those people and others I haven't mentioned are making progress at coping with, and at recovering from, medical crises.
Are you wondering why they're doing so great in a medical crisis and how you can, too? Read on to learn some answers.
As I know from my counseling coursework and from live counseling sessions, the key to making progress is mysterious to many people. That key, however, is hiding in plain sight. Here's part of it, a saying that you can copy down and post on your bathroom mirrors, on your refrigerators, and inside your day-planners:
- They faced the reality of their disease(s) or other health problem(s) honestly, with a growing sense of humor and intentional optimisim.
- When they did not feel well or optimistic, they faked it. Practicing optimism teaches the brain to remain in Optimism Mode. Ask a shrink. It's true.
- The optimism facilitated their coping mechanisms and physical healing.
By focusing on solutions rather than on the difficulties, Healy, Schwartz and Cousins brought improving mental and/or physical health into their lives. Look in the mirror and see much of the answer to your question about how to cope with medical crises.
Now, back to you.
You want to know how to heal, too. And you don't know how to mimic what I or those famous people did to cope with or to heal from medical crises.
Here's the other part of the key I referenced above:
to coping and to healing
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.