G is for Giving In vs Giving Up #AtoZChallenge
When we are challenged with a chronic health issue, it is normal to have doubts as to the new normal of your life. With a new diagnosis often comes a plethora of uncertainty, which can shroud our minds in confusion. This is both expected and quite normal. However, it is imperative that we remain cognizant of the challenges we face as we or someone we love adjusts to a new health issue. [To be clear, for the purpose of this article giving in refers to acknowledging the need to adapt, and giving up is a permanent decision.]
Sometimes we are faced with choices in which we must essentially give in and realize that things will not be the same after a diagnosis. This is despite what we may want most in life. At this point, we must decide if we are willing to adapt (give in) to our new diagnosis and its’ limitations, or if we simply wish to give up on life as we know it. When considering all the available facts with which you make your decision, you should involve your health care professionals and those closest to you. I would be lying if I said there was one right answer, for it is an extremely individual decision process, based on the health information available to you.
Giving in means you can adapt, overcome, and excel despite your limitations. Giving up means you hold no hope whatsoever of any quality of life. Giving up is the last resort, and I encourage all of you to regard it as such. With technology and medicine advancing as rapidly as it is, there are many viable options to improve your quality of life, and subsequent happiness, despite your illness. Giving in means embracing your current health, and choosing to make the necessary changes to continue.
Unless you are faced with a terminal or other permanently hopeless situation, I urge everyone to make the conscious decision to try everything humanly possible to adapt to your situation and continue living to the extent allowed by your health. I’m not saying it will be easy, but I promise you that once you make it through the initial adjustment phase, it will become easier. It will also be extremely rewarding as you discover new passions and opportunities that will present themselves to you as you progress through your journey.