Waiting is always hard to do. We have come to expect instant gratification in this fast-paced technologically advanced life. One thing that does not move with this pace is waiting to hear from the doctor. We wait for a diagnosis, we wait on test results, we wait so we can decide what our next move is. Many times, these next moves depend on what news the doctor brings.
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Someone I love is battling lung cancer. The waiting for a diagnosis was tough, but waiting to hear how treatment is progressing can be just as bad, as well as waiting for test results. So, does that make patients like us with chronic health issues more patient than others or just more practiced?
With my psoriatic arthritis, I have gotten good at waiting, have become more zen on "results day" and generally more patient. I have to credit my diseases for this. If I did not have so much experience, I would be much less apt at waiting.
Three Ways to Make Waiting Bearable
1. I've said it before, but reach out to your support network, whether it be folks you know or others from your online groups who have your disease;
2. Find a way to serve others and take the focus off yourself: volunteer, call a friend in need, etc.;
3. Make plans ANYWAY. Give yourself something to look forward to. One test may not make or break anything. To quote Archbishop Fulton Sheen: "Life is worth living!"