September 30, 2016

Invisible Illness, From Hopeless to Hopeful

Disbelief from others, complexity in diagnosis, and inadequate treatment of pain and other symptoms can lead to depression...

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Invisible illness can be difficult to treat. Often, there is no wound for a doctor to examine or evidence on any tests. But just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. 

In fact, “physical illness or uncontrollable physical pain are major factors in up to 70% of suicides (Suicide in the Medical Patient, 1987).

I am a young adult living with chronic illness and pain since a major car accident around 10 years ago. My pain was severe and disabling for most of that time. So severe that at times I lost all hope.

My turning point was when I finally became free of the debilitating pelvic and back pain caused by severe Endometriosis. After years of trying many treatments, the option that worked for me was a full hysterectomy and oophorectomy (removing both ovaries). 


The surgery not only helped me physically, it restored my hope. I learned just how important it is to never give up  to keep fighting for pain relief  even one change can make a big difference.

I still battle other chronic illness and pain conditions (like Fibromyalgia), but I am continuously finding new ways to decrease my symptoms.

I believe God doesn't give us suffering, but He can bring good from it. He inspired me to start the Heal Hope blog to use my experience with chronic illness and pain to help others. I hope it helps you.

national-suicide-prevention-lifelineIf you are struggling with depression, I encourage you to seek help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline "provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress". The number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

It may not feel like it right now, but things can get better. Please keep going, it's worth it!


Find more motivation with these 20 Reasons for Hope.

Share your story or read how others fight chronic illness and pain at www.facebook.com/InvisibleIllnessWeek.







References

Mackenzie TB, Popkin MK: "Suicide in the Medical Patient.". 
Intl J Psych in Med 17:3-22, 1987
Source found on:

Fact Sheet and Statistics About Chronic Illness. 
Rest Ministries website. Available at:
http://www.restministries.org/invisibleillness/statistics.htm
Accessed September 30, 2016








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