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We made it.  31 Days of traveling together down the road of chronic illness, sharing advise and hope. It was my greatest wish to give you content that would be helpful, no matter where you are at in your journey.  So where do we go from here?

We keep moving forward.  If you are still looking for a diagnosis, keep knocking on doors until you find someone who can help you.  If you have a diagnosis and are trying to find the strength to live through another day of sickness, I hope you will take the time to practice some body & soul comfort. If you are in a spot in your journey where you are having more good days than bad ones, I encourage you to find someone else who is suffering and lend them a hand.

This 31 day series is over but my compassion for you is still going strong.  I will continue to periodically post articles on health, wellness, faith & hope.  In the coming weeks I will be transcribing all these posts into one document that will be available for download, free of charge, so you can remind yourself of the content or share with others.  Of course, the individual posts will stay available here as well and I will put a special tab or button on the home page to help you find them.

Thank you dear readers, thank you contributors, thank you for those who were praying for me during this mission of mine.  I thank God for all of you.

Day One- 31 Days Of Surviving Chronic Illness

Day Two- An Introduction

Day Three- A Diagnosis

Day Four- The Good, The Bad & The Indifferent

Day Five- Think Outside Of The Box Part 1

Day Six- Think Outside Of The Box Part 2

Day Seven- Guest Post: Advocacy

Day Eight- Snags To Watch For

Day Nine- Feed Your Body

Day Ten- Listen Up!

Day Eleven- Stop Eating Chemicals

Day Twelve- Eat Your Colors

Day Thirteen- Easy Veggies

Day Fourteen- A Little Is Better Than None

Day Fifteen- Rest

Day Sixteen- A Little Comfort Is What You Need

Day Seventeen- Alternatives In Nutrition

Day Eighteen- Recognize The Patterns

Day Nineteen- Allergies/Intolerances

Day Twenty- Food For Thought

Day Twenty-One- Guest Post, You Are Enough

Day Twenty-Two- Don't Pretend

Day Twenty-Three- Restore

Day Twenty- Four- Find Your Tribe

Day Twenty-Five- Find Some Sunshine

Day Twenty-Six- Real Or Not Real?

Day Twenty-Seven- Guest Post By Amy Sandvos

Day Twenty-Eight- Let Them Go

Day Twenty-Nine- Let Your Weakness Make You Strong

Day Thirty- Resources

Day Thirty-One- In Conclusion

 

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Lactose intolerant, allergen-free, gluten-free, Celiac's Disease... there are a lot of terms being tossed around today.  It seems as though every star in Hollywood is touting some new way of eating and it drives the masses to trying it out, whether they fully understand it or not.

I don't understand them all either, but it appears what many of them seek to do is limit your intake of foods that are often allergens or most often not tolerated by the general population. The problem with this, of course, is that eliminating a whole food group really is not wise unless you know for certain that it causes your body harm.

How can they harm you?  One way is if the food is a true allergen to your system.  Shellfish, strawberries, peanuts, these foods commonly cause true allergic reactions in some people.  In fact, the reactions can be deadly.  The second way is if there is an intolerance to a particular food.  Most people who cannot eat dairy are lactose intolerant.  A true allergy will produce an immediate reaction whereas the effects of an intolerance could delay for several days.

It is important to figure these allergies and intolerances out.  True allergies are usually a little more obvious however there is a simple blood test that will test for the most common ones. It is called an IGE test.  I have known a few people whose blood work showed a true food allergy they were not aware of.  They may have noticed feeling a little bloated or migraines after eating that food and naturally steered clear of it but until it was confirmed by blood work they didn't know just how dangerous eating it was for their body.

How do you know if you  have any food intolerances?  Again, you can do the trial and error method.  I have always steered clear of poppy seeds because historically they cause me to vomit (or other side effects) within an hour of eating them.  But what about intolerances that have a delayed reaction?  Besides some diligent sleuthing it can be difficult to figure out.

That's where the IGG Wallingford test comes in.  It is not a new test, but few doctors know about it. This blood test checks your blood against a pre-determined list of common food intolerances.  The results will show what foods/substances you are intolerant to and to what degree.  These foods, the ones you are intolerant to, cause antibodies to build up in your system which in turn cause inflammation in your system.  The more inflammation in your system, the more breakdown you will feel.

When I had my IGG test I was pretty sure my results  would come back with an intolerance to wheat because I had problems with wheat when I was a kid.  But there were also a lot of surprises: rice, bananas, beef, chocolate, barley and a few others.

So once you get your results back, then what? You have a choice to make: 1) simply avoid these foods as much as possible without completely eliminating them from your diet.  This may help with the reactions you have to some foods and rid your body of some of the inflammation.  But there is another option.  2) Do a complete fast from these foods for 4-6 months to allow the antibodies and inflammation to decrease.  As with some childhood allergies, you may "grow out of" these intolerances  and be able to occasionally add them back into your diet with little to no inflammation or adverse effects.

If you would like more information on IGG or IGE testing you can try this link here.

Today is Day 19 of 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness.  You can start Day 1 here.

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Today is Day 18 of 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness.  You can start Day 1 here.

I've talked a lot over the past few days about listening to your body, listening to what it's saying to you. I learned the hard way what the ramifications of not listening to your body can be.  If I had slowed down and made some lifestyle and dietary changes (including supplements) back in my 20's I might not have crashed as badly as I did.  Crash and burn.

If this is a new practice to you, this listening, let me tell you how to get started.

Most of us (sufferers of chronic illness) did not have 1 big event that caused our immediate physical breakdown.  Most of us began falling apart one little system, one hormone, one neuron at a time. Some symptoms may have been subtle, some more noticeable, but there was most likely a pattern or logic to it.  And there continues to be a pattern today, a chain reaction of diet, environment and biology.  If we want to find some comfort, wellness or healing we need to track these patterns down.

It took me a while to figure it out, but eventually I noticed that sugar has a terrible effect on my already foggy brain.  Of course, I crave sugar because it it provides a fast burst of glucose to my already sluggish brain.  However, it's sort of like throwing lighter fluid on a fire that has nearly burned out.  It will "flash" and burn hot for a short while but burn out completely just as quickly as it ignited. I was eating little bits of sugary snacks or beverages to give me a burst of much needed energy but crashing horribly about an hour later.  Eventually, the sugar stopped working altogether and I went from bad to worse within moments of eating it. It was a pattern that I had to figure out and avoid as much as possible.

Maybe yours is exertion related; a little is good but a lot is lethal.  Or your symptoms worsen by 500% the next day if you get less than 9 hours of sleep at night.  Perhaps your symptoms are aggravated whenever you eat dairy, or pasta or peanuts. Or a stressful situation causes your body to ache for the next 3 days.  If you're a girl, you might feel horrible most days but right around ovulation you are guaranteed at least one good day.

It's list time again.  It can be a detailed chart with each day, all of your symptoms and a play-by-play of your entire day. Or it can be a simple number written on the calendar, 1-10 bad to best.  But devise some way of tracking your symptoms and see if you can begin to notice the patterns of your symptoms or good days/bad days.  Some patterns will become obvious right away, others may take weeks or months to pin down, but be diligent with it.  It will pay off!

This list can be helpful not only for you but also for your doctor.  A good doctor can look at a list of symptoms and quickly eliminate or speculate particular illnesses.

Look for the patterns!

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Day 15, we have made it halfway already.  This week we have been talking about the body, how to give it what it needs.  Today is about "rest".  But instead of talking about it, today we're just going to do it.  Because my body is screaming for a rest and I bet yours is too.  So just take a deep breath, exhale long and slow, and just rest.

If you need to catch up on the first 15 days of the series you can do so here:

Day 1- 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness

Day 2- An Introduction

Day 3- A Diagnosis

Day 4- Doctors; The Good, The Bad, The Indifferent

Day 5- Think Outside of the Box, Pt. 1

Day 6- Think Outside of the Box, Pt. 2

Day 7- Advocacy, Guest Post

Day 8- Snags To Watch For

Day 9- Feed Your Body

Day 10- Listen Up!

Day 11- Stop Eating Chemicals

Day 12- Eat Your Colors

Day 13- Easy Veggies

Day 14- A Little Is Better Than None

 

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Ttumblr_mr80mqGZC31st5lhmo1_1280oday is Day 14 of 31 Days of Chronic Illness.  You can start Day 1 here.

Besides nutritious eating and watching out for chemicals there is another facet to taking care of our bodies in this journey through chronic illness.  Exercise & fitness.

Just saying it sounds exhausting, right? When you're in the throws of illness the last thing you want to do is work out.  You're already dog-tired, maybe even in pain.  If you're anything like me, when I'm having a "bad spell" my symptoms actually worsen after within 2 hours after exercising.  It hardly seems productive.

And yet, all of the experts will tell you that one of the best things to produce health in your body is to exercise.  Exercise can have these positive effects on your body:

  • better sleep
  • improve blood flow to the brain
  • boost immune system
  • reduce risk of cancer
  • improve blood sugar
  • lowering blood pressure
  • increasing energy levels
  • and many more

The key, I think, is this: finding the right exercises and doing them only to the point that it is beneficial.  It is important to challenge yourself to incorporate fitness elements into your week but exercise should not become another stressor in your already stressed out life (James L. Wilson, Adrenal Fatigue).  Choose one or a combination of activities that you enjoy and do them slowly at first, only building up to the level of exertion your body can tolerate.

While I may not have enough energy to participate in a spin class right now, I can do a few arm exercises at home before I go to bed. If I were to walk a couple miles I would be in a lot of pain by the end of the evening, but I can work in a few light stretches to keep my muscles loose and less prone to injury.

So my challenge to you today is to start exploring some light fitness activities that could bring you joy as well as help get your body moving.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • swimming (a heated pool would be ideal)
  • yoga, pilates or other slow stretching exercises
  • physical therapy
  • walking (outdoors or treadmill)
  • elliptical trainer
  • cycling (indoor or outdoor)
  • isometric contractions
  • push ups, sit ups
  • water aerobics
  • dancing, Zumba
  • light weights
  • archery or other low impact sports
  • Wii Fit or Xbox Kinect
  • bowling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • gardening
  • kayaking or stand-up paddleboard
  • horseback riding
  • TRX

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list but I hope it will help you find some activities that bring you fitness as well well-being.  If you have any other ideas, please share them in the comments section!

 

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Today is Day 13 of 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness.  You can read Day 1 here.

For the last few days we have been talking about nutrition and feeding our bodies healing foods. For some of you this is a welcome challenge or a return to the healthy lifestyle you used to have.  The rest of you are having a panic attack.  You can't cook, you don't know anything about nutrition, you don't have time.

Don't freak out, you can do this.

I'm not proposing that you immediately clear out your fridge and pantry of all suspicious foods, run out to Whole Foods and restock it all with seaweed chips and mushroom burgers.   What you need to do is start small.  Just one little lifestyle change at a time. Start reading the labels of the foods already in your pantry; if you come across an ingredient you don't recognize, look it up.  Next time you run out of Cool Ranch Doritos, don't replace them. Add a fresh salad to your weekly meals.

Salad are a great way to start adding fresh vitamins and minerals into your diet, no cooking involved.  Every grocery store in America now carries pre-chopped and washed lettuces. Pick up an extra veggie for your salad, something colorful like yellow bell peppers. Toss in some cherry tomatoes, add your favorite dressing or just a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze of lemon juice.  You, my friend, are now eating your colors.

As for cooking, it can be intimidating but I assure you, there are shortcuts. Once you get a "method" under your belt, it can be the springboard to lots of quick, easy and nutritious meals.  I'm going to share with you one of my all time favorite methods for cooking a pile of veggies quickly and most deliciously.

All you need to remember is this: 425 for 25

Here is the general method: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. cut up some veggies (I'll explain that further below) and drizzle them with some olive oil. Sprinkle in salt and pepper then toss it all together with you hands.  Spread the veggies in one even layer and roast in the oven for approximately 25 minutes.

Now, let's apply this method to a real recipe, roasted carrots and red potatoes.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Take 2 handfuls of baby carrots (the ones in the bag) and place them on a rimmed baking sheet. Take about 7 small red potatoes and cut them into quarters, place them with the carrots.  Drizzle the veggies with 2 tablespoon of olive oil then sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.  Using your hands, toss the carrots and potatoes lightly to evenly coat them all with oil then spread out in 1 layer in the pan.  Roast in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are just lightly browned.

The beauty of this method is that you can use it for so many vegetables: carrots, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, asparagus, squash, onions and more.  Just adjust the cooking time as needed, up or down.  I like my veggies tinged with crispiness on the edges (blackened, actually) so I usually cook them for 35-45 minutes.  But feel free to cook them less if you like them more firm or only lightly toasted. I will roast 1 whole pan of vegetables on Sunday night and end up with about 3 days worth of delicious vegetables for lunch or dinner. All I have to do is warm them back up.

You can experiment with seasonings, too. Along with the salt & pepper you can add Italian seasoning, chile powder, herbs de Provence, lemon pepper, grill seasoning, etc.

Don't let "heath food" scare you, it's not rocket science.  Just start exploring the delicious possibilities.

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Today is Day 10 of 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness. You can catch up to Day 1 here.

At one point in my heath journey I realized I needed to:

  1. Stop and listen to what my body was trying to tell me.  I had been sick for quite a few years at this point but it didn't happen overnight.  I had been accumulating little quirks and symptoms for years until finally they all just combined into a mess of sickness and exhaustion.  So I decided that I needed to just shut out all the noise and trust that my body knew what to do next.  But I had to listen.
  2. Be kinder to my body.  It had worked hard over the years and I had pushed it way too far. The year before my physical body officially crapped out, I was so busy I didn't have time to do the most basic things. Like eat.  Or sleep. Or relax.  I was working full time, training and teaching Karate roughly 20 hours a week, plus church, plus family, plus, plus, plus..  Finally my body just said, "ENOUGH!"  It just couldn't take the abuse any more.

Because I wouldn't listen to all the signals my body had been giving me, it did an "override" and forced me to slow down.  All the way down.  But it took a while for my brain to catch up to what was going on.  Even in the middle of debilitating illness & physical pain, I was still trying to find a way to do all the things I used to do before I became sick.

But I just got sicker.  All the while my poor body was screaming out to me and I just wouldn't listen.

I am fortunate.  Much of my physical pain and illness has been reversing lately.  At least as long as I'm doing all the "right stuff".  I know some of you have illnesses that will be with you forever.  Maybe it's MS or Parkinson's or another condition.  First let me say, I'm sorry.  I can only imagine how discouraging and scary that must be.

Second, I want to say this: don't give up. Your body may be broken in places, but you're still here and your body is still talking to you. It still wants to be well and it is trying hard to get there, given the resources it has.

So let's help our bodies along as best we can.  Let's stop working against them.  Let's get quiet and listen to the cues they are constantly giving us. Let's give them the nourishment and rest they are asking for.  Will it be the miracle cure?  For some perhaps.  For others, no, not a miracle cure.  But it can give us all some calm in the storm, and there are days that's all we're looking for.  The strength to get through one more day.

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Today is Day 9 of 31 Day of Surviving Chronic Illness.  You can catch up on Day 1 here.

When dealing with chronic illness there are a lot of things you have no control over: inconsiderate medical staff, painful days, insurance wars, to name a few. So rather than fretting over the things we can't control, we need to formulate a game plan to begin taking charge of the things we do have a say in. We have spent the past week talking about the whole medical maze, doctors, etc..  We might go back and revisit that subject later on in the month but for now let's move on to another piece of the chronic illness puzzle: feeding your body.

If you are suffering from chronic pain or sickness your body is already broken.  Getting it back to a state of wellness (even if only for a season) may involve more than just finding the right doctor or taking the right medications.  I believe strongly that one of the best things we can do, whether you suffer from illness or not, is to take care of our physical body.  We have a duty to be a good steward over this one body we've been given.  Treating your body with care can be a preemptive strike and an avenue of healing if it's already suffering.

The human body is such an amazing creation.  It has been designed to protect and heal itself by extracting health from the foods we put into it.  It also will respond with life-sustaining protection when we treat it kindly with exercise and rest.

For the next several days we are going to explore some of the options you have when it comes to eating, supplementation, exercise and relaxation for your physical body.  Depending on your particular illness you may not be able to do everything, but everyone can do something.

I hope you have some ideas to share as well! Feel free to comment here or on the Facebook Page about what works for you or any questions you might have.

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Today I have the privilege of introducing you to my dear friend Beckie Miller.   Beckie and her husband Ken have together faced down illness of extended family members, best friends, their children and themselves.  In 2005 Ken was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and he chronicles his journey at the blog "Actually It IS Brain Surgery." Beckie is our Guest Writer today, with the unique perspective of the care-giver. I just know you're going to love her words as much as I do.

If I were to list for you all the people in our life who have faced chronic or life-threatening illness you’d probably start running in the opposite direction.  Suffice it to say, we know a few …. including ourselves.  The one positive about this is, when meeting people for the first time who are facing a medical diagnosis, our personal story and experience give us some credibility.

There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to pass along knowledge that might help someone on their journey.  Through Ken’s blog www.ActuallyItIsBrainSurgery.blogspot.com we have the opportunity to connect with people from around the world.  We find ourselves repeatedly talking about certain issues that I refer to as my “soapboxes” ….. one of them being advocacy.

ADVOCATE FOR YOUR PATIENT

It’s pretty easy to find yourself overwhelmed in the medical process.  There’s not just physical stuff going on, but the emotional side gets kicked around pretty well too.  That’s why, as a patient, having an advocate is so very important.  NO ONE should EVER be in hospital or attending doctor appointments by themselves -- there's just too much room for error in the process ... especially when the patient is struggling physically or mentally, or is in pain. I’d say it’s next to impossible for the patient to advocate for themselves and a second 'ear' is always good when interpreting what the Doctors or other medical professionals might share with you. We often take my sister-in-law along with us to Ken’s neuro appointments.  Many times she has been the ‘voice of reason’ for us, both during the appointment by offering pointed questions and later, as we attempted to piece together all the new information that had been offered.

We live in amazing times and most likely the first thing most of us do when handed a medical diagnosis is to RUN to Google, so it may seem trite to remind you of some basics.  But utilizing the ‘basics’ will eventually give you a strong foundation for understanding and analyzing everything that may come your way on this journey.

So……          

Join an online support group - these can provide a broad over-view (you will need to use the grocery store method: take what you need and leave the rest)

Join a local support group -- these people will have invaluable information what type of support is available locally. They've ‘been there, done that’

Ask for reading suggestions -- and don’t worry if it all seems like gibberish, it will eventually begin to make sense.  It’s a lot like learning a new language.

ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF

The patient in your life gets a lot of attention …. as well they should.  But if you find yourself in the position of care-taking or advocating, you can’t forget yourself. There have been plenty of articles documenting stories of caretakers who actually pass before their patient.  It’s very easy to focus, focus, focus on taking care of everyone else but you. Guess how I know this? 

I’m still learning to give myself permission to address my physical and emotional needs.  My sister has been such a good example to me in this.  Her husband has Frontal Temporal Disease and most of their life together, as they knew it, has disintegrated.  She has found ways to nurture her heart and her body that allow her to gather her strength.  She gets therapeutic massages for stress, she walks to and from work through all four seasons, she bought a kayak and spends quiet, restful moments on the lake, she surrounds herself with people who are encouragers in word and deed, and when she’s having a really hard day she makes Apple Dumplings.  She’s practically world-renowned for those things!  She takes care of herself, because no one else can.  

I’m learning from her. I also try to remind myself not to hold my breath figuratively.  I’m trying not to put ‘life’ on hold as we walk out this process. It’s a really easy thing to do -- put your life on hold.  Then you look back and realize you haven’t enjoyed the little, everyday moments that make up a life.  I want to fully appreciate those moments -- reading out-loud from my mother-in-law’s journal as we complete yet another holiday round-trip drive, having the patience and time to let my grandkids ‘help’ prepare meals and together, work on a puzzle …. for the 10th time that day J, and getting lost in the eyes of our 3-week-old newest grandgirl, knowing therein lies an ocean of love.

Facing down illness is a tough road, full of twists and turns with always challenging and ever changing terrain.  The goal is to travel as gracefully as possible.  Together, we can help each other do that.  

Carey again: Yesterday we talked about looking at Alternatives in health care. I would like to point out that Ken underwent a surgical procedure called DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) to help manage his tremors caused by Parkinson's Disease. While not experimental, DBS is not exactly "common" and Ken & Beckie had to do a fair bit of research to find out what it was and whether it would be a good fit for Ken.  Ken & Beckie talk about their journey with DBS on his blog and I'm certain they will be happy to answer any questions you might have about their experience with DBS and/or Parkinson's Disease.  
PS:  If you're new to our series, today is Day 7 of 31 Days Of Surviving Chronic Illness.  You can catch up on Day 1 here.

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We are on Day 4 of 31 Days of Surviving Chronic Illness; you can catch up on Day 1 here.

You’re sick, you go to the doctor, he gives you medication or treatment, you get better.  And live happily ever after. For some patients and certain conditions it really does  happen that way. If only it were only that simple for everyone.

If you have been seeing a doctor (or multiple doctors) for your illness and have experienced little to no improvement it’s time to take an unemotional, logical look at your situation.  

In my opinion, there are only 2 solutions to your problem:

  • Your current physician or medical professional has the answer or is willing to keep moving forward until the answer is found.

  • You need to find a different doctor (or multiple doctors) who has the answer or is willing to keep moving forward until the answer is found.

Let’s have an honest talk about doctors and medical professionals in general.  During my 12+ years of dealing with the medical community, struggling to find wellness, I've run across 3 types of doctors: The Good, The Bad and The Indifferent.

Let’s start with The Indifferent Doctor.  The Indifferent Doctor may not be a bad doctor, in general.  They may be great at diagnosing strep throat, pneumonia or high blood pressure.  The Indifferent Doctor might have a lot of experience in general family medicine, but not much outside of that.  The Indifferent Doctor may not have more than 5-8 minutes to spend with you because of over-booking.  The Indifferent Doctor may be willing to run a few common tests but if they all come back within the normal range, they are not willing to explore further. It’s not that they are an unfeeling or uncompassionate, but their lack of knowledge or experience hinders them from moving forward with your care.  

And sometimes it isn't their fault at all.  The Indifferent Doctor may have tests or treatments in mind but is hindered by the medical group he belongs to or a controlling Board of Directors and is not able to or willing to “fight the system” for you. Sometimes The Indifferent Doctor is as frustrated with the system as you are, and they have given up.

Now let’s talk about The Bad Doctor. Unfortunately, having an interest in healing people is not a requirement for becoming a physician.  In fact, common sense is not required either.  All you need to graduate from medical school and go on to become a doctor is the ability to go to school for a really long time.  I DO have a ton of respect for the arduous process of becoming a physician; it’s a grueling, expensive process. Doctors are overworked and often in debt to the tune of $200,000 by the time they finally finish their residency and begin making a real paycheck.

But that does not give them the right to behave like they are gods.  And that is exactly  how The Bad Doctor behaves.  The Bad Doctor will speak down to you, as if you couldn't possibly be intelligent enough to understand what he/she is talking about.  The Bad Doctor will act annoyed when you ask questions or challenge their opinion on a suggested treatment or prescription and will not order tests or treatments based on your research or requests.

The Bad Doctor will make it clear to you that you are wasting his time.  It is not unusual for a Bad Doctor to yell at patients, slam doors or verbally insult the very people they have been hired to help.  A Bad Doctor will not offer support, sympathy or hope.  They won’t look you in the eye while speaking to you, shake your hand and otherwise show no humanity.  Rather than admit they don’t know the answer or refer you to another physician who might, a Bad Doctor will tell you to “just learn to live with it.” Yes, I had a doctor tell me that.  Bad Doctor!

Finally, let’s talk about The Good Doctor!  The Good Doctors are not easy to find, but they are out there.  The Good Doctor makes this whole journey through chronic illness bearable.

Because they recognize that your involvement is critical to achieve lasting health, The Good Doctor not only allows, but welcomes your questions.  The Good Doctor will take as much time as necessary during your office visit and always finishes a visit with “Do you have any questions for me?”.  When you leave an appointment with a Good Doctor you feel listened to.

The Good Doctor will listen to your opinions and although may disagree with you, will do it in such a way that you still feel respected.  They will look you in the eye when speaking to you, shake your hand and make you feel like a person, not a check mark on their to-do-list.

They don’t pretend to know it all and The Good Doctor is not afraid to tell you when they have run out of ideas.  They are always willing to send you to a specialist that might have more knowledge about your condition.  The Good Doctor doesn't give up on you. 

You deserve the best treatment that can be found. Don't waste your time and money on any physician who cannot or will not show an active interest in your journey back to wellness.  Fire The Bad Doctor, come to grips with the limitations of The Indifferent Doctor and go find yourself a Good Doctor!