“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

How to Accept and Cope with Sudden Serious Illness


Being diagnosed with serious, life-threatening illness can be devastating. Depression and anger are two of the most common emotions a seriously ill person will demonstrate upon being told that he only had a few months to live. Depression can hinder the healing process and might get in the way of treatment. Being seriously ill can be a challenge and it’s just logical to feel depressed and lonely about it. Never ever deal with a serious illness alone. Seek help if you can no longer handle the depression that the illness is causing you. Here are some of the tips to accept and cope with sudden serious illness:

  1. Do not isolate yourself.

Though having a serious illness can be frustrating and you want to hate the world for being ill, isolating yourself and pushing the people who truly care about you away is the worst thing you can do. This is actually the best time to reach out to your loved ones for they will be your prayer and support group. You can also join a group or community of seriously ill people in the hospital where you get treatment.

  1. Learn about your illness.

Learning about the disease and its prognosis can be scary because you never want to know where the disease is headed but it can also help that you fully understand your condition to at least improve your life on a daily basis. This will also give you an idea on the best treatment possible, which doctor to consult or which hospital to go.

  1. Be completely open to your doctor.

Your doctor knows best. He knows what you’re going through and he is the only person who has full knowledge of your condition. If you feel uncomfortable in any way or the treatment is causing problem, talk to your doctor so he can recommend another set of medication or treatment. Do not compromise your health thinking that if you deal with all the pain, it will help you get better.

  1. Do not think that you are being punished that’s why you are sick.

Some people think that they are being punished for their wrongdoings that’s why they are sick. Do not think like that. Getting healed should be your number one priority so you have to keep a healthy mind. Being positive about it can improve your physical state even in the small ways. Do not underestimate the power of positive thinking. If you are optimistic, you will feel more energized. The less you think about the disease, the less burden you will have. Never lose hope.

  1. Cultivate your soul.

The best thing you can do when you are facing a difficult situation such as fighting a serious illness is to nurture yourself. Although modern medicine, professionally trained doctors and motivating support groups can help you combat your illness, it is still your inner self that will create the biggest impact to your healing. It still depends on you how you are going to cope, live a happier life and enjoy every moment of your existence in this world.

You may also want to check out this video on coping with chronic illness.