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    [Coping with Chronic Illness (especially for Connie, but good for all)]

    Author: sarah beckley -moderator (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 05-23-02 18:58

    Dear All,

    Here is a link to a very good article on coping with chronic illness. It is on the AARP web site, but the message is universal.

    http://www.aarp.org/confacts/lifeanswers/chronic.html

    Sarah

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    [Re: Coping with Chronic Illness (especially for Connie, but good for all)]

    Author: Connie (---.proxy.aol.com)

    Date: 05-23-02 20:36

    Sara.................Thank you so much for the web site and advise..I dont mean to sound like a big ole whiner..................and I dident mean to be insensitive at time like this when Lisa's dear friend has passed away...I just felt so sad when I read her post about her friend. It is so true there are things so much worse in this old world that my little ole heart defect...............It could be worse...Thanks to all who wrote for helping me see this........................Connie

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    [Re: Coping with Chronic Illness (especially for Connie, but good for all)]

    Author: sarah beckley -moderator (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 05-23-02 23:36

    Dear Connie

    We all go through these woe-is-me, end-of-the-world blues, we really do. So have it, revel in it, and then move on. Don't worry, we'll feel sorry for ourselves again, but hopefully the spaces between our episodes get shorter and shorter as we grow.

    Sarah

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    [Re: Coping with Chronic Illness (especially for Connie, but good for all)]

    Author: Glen (---.com)

    Date: 05-24-02 08:21

    Hi Connie

    I really know the feeling of Doom & Gloom, it was worse than the HCM.

    For the year after I was diagnosed 30 years ago I had many panic attacks where I knew I was going to die in my mind. Back then there was no one to turn to, no support groups, no board like this for HCM patients to come & swap war stories and get advice. (Frankly, this board is great, I have learned more in the few months I have been watching this than I did in the previous 30 years and intend to become a member shortly)

    Back to my story. The first year was horrible, but there did come a time when you choose not to let HCM manage you, but you manage your HCM.

    Learn to live with your limitations, everyones is different, you have a challenge and that is what life is about. Believe me it will make you a stronger, better more appreciative person. It did for me.

    Good luck and stay well.

    Glen
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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