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December 21, 2017 |  written by IVX Health

Use the Jedi Code to Manage Your Chronic Illness

Emotion, yet peace. This is where it all starts. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness and learning to manage its challenges can be an emotional process.  The point isn't to stamp out emotions.  The way to find peace is to acknowledge them, feel them, and then let them go.  It's not a one-time thing; it's an ongoing process that requires continual effort, but it's worth it. Ignorance, yet knowledge. When you're first diagnosed, there's going to be a lot you don't know.  You're probably going to experience information overload.  So slow down.  Get yourself a notebook, or a note-taking app, and write down questions as they come.  You don't have to know everything at once.  Try taking one question a day and going to an appropriate source -- a friend, a health care provider, or a confidant in your chronic illness community.  Giving yourself time to absorb knowledge is important. Passion, yet serenity. Many people diagnosed with a chronic illness become passionate advocates for that community.  Whether it's research or patient outreach or fundraising, finding new passions is great.  But make sure you're taking time for yourself too.  Take care of you first, so you have the energy to share with others. Chaos, yet harmony. When you're first diagnosed, you're going to want to learn as much as you can as quickly as you can.  And then you're going to want to take that knowledge and overhaul your life.  But changing everything all at once can lead to chaos instead of making your life better.  Making small, gradual changes where you can, instead of huge, overarching ones, are a better way to make sure your new habits stick. Death, yet the Force. There are going to be things you used to be able to do that you may not be able to do anymore -- at least not at first.  There may be things you've wanted to do your whole life that seem more difficult now.  While it may seem like your old life has "died," you have the opportunity to design a new, fulfilling life with new adventures ahead of you. And you might be surprised how your past loves inform your new ones.  The Force represents how everything is intertwined, so be open to the new connections life wants to show you.

Emotion, yet peace.

This is where it all starts. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness and learning to manage its challenges can be an emotional process.  The point isn’t to stamp out emotions.  The way to find peace is to acknowledge them, feel them, and then let them go.  It’s not a one-time thing; it’s an ongoing process that requires continual effort, but it’s worth it.

Ignorance, yet knowledge.

When you’re first diagnosed, there’s going to be a lot you don’t know.  You’re probably going to experience information overload.  So slow down.  Get yourself a notebook, or a note-taking app, and write down questions as they come.  You don’t have to know everything at once.  Try taking one question a day and going to an appropriate source — a friend, a health care provider, or a confidant in your chronic illness community.  Giving yourself time to absorb knowledge is important.

Passion, yet serenity.

Many people diagnosed with a chronic illness become passionate advocates for that community.  Whether it’s research or patient outreach or fundraising, finding new passions is great.  But make sure you’re taking time for yourself too.  Take care of you first, so you have the energy to share with others.

Chaos, yet harmony.

When you’re first diagnosed, you’re going to want to learn as much as you can as quickly as you can.  And then you’re going to want to take that knowledge and overhaul your life.  But changing everything all at once can lead to chaos instead of making your life better.  Making small, gradual changes where you can, instead of huge, overarching ones, are a better way to make sure your new habits stick.

Death, yet the Force.

There are going to be things you used to be able to do that you may not be able to do anymore — at least not at first.  There may be things you’ve wanted to do your whole life that seem more difficult now.  While it may seem like your old life has “died,” you have the opportunity to design a new, fulfilling life with new adventures ahead of you. And you might be surprised how your past loves inform your new ones.  The Force represents how everything is intertwined, so be open to the new connections life wants to show you.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.

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