Another side to effective patient behavior
The key to becoming an empowered patient is simply deciding to make your life the best it can be. People with bone marrow failure and other chronic diseases, despite certain limitations, are leading active and fulfilling lives. They have chosen to take care of themselves - living their lives to the fullest through special attention to their physical and emotional health.
What you do after your diagnosis beyond treatment-related activity can make a big difference in how successful you are in meeting this new challenge.
Caring for your body, mind and spirit
When a person becomes ill, all parts are affected – body, mind and spirit. All are part of the whole, all are intrinsically related and all need attention. Doctors and nurses do their best to fix the body, but the care of the mind and spirit are in the hands of the individual and their loved ones. This collaboration of treatment is necessary to enable a person to live a good life with physical illness, which millions are able to do every day.
How to take care of yourself
Taking care of your body, mind and spirit while living with bone marrow failure disease covers a lot of seemingly unrelated areas. To ensure the quality of everyday living, you will want to pay attention to all of them. Some topics cover physical health and some cover emotional health, and each has an influence on the other. Deciding to improve the quality of your everyday life takes planning and commitment, similar to the way you want to manage your healthcare and treatment. If you are both controlling your care and taking care of yourself, you are on your way to being an empowered patient.
Six Areas of Care