In her recent WebMD post, guest blogger Karin Gelschus offers an intimate look into her life with lupus. She shares memories of backyard hockey and her childhood dream of playing on an Olympic team. Later, as a young adult, she yearned to be a writer. That came true when she landed a job at a national magazine.
As symptoms of her chronic condition came to the forefront, Karin wondered how she’d ever be able to achieve any future dreams.
She writes, “’Start out small,’ my doctor prescribed. At that point, it was hard for me to even open pill bottles or walk due to merciless arthritis, so I started with only 5 minutes on a treadmill. It was hard not to get upset and discouraged being that just four months earlier I was running 13-plus miles.”
Often, coping with illness like Karin’s can trigger depression, which often aggravates the condition. This is especially true if the disease causes pain and fatigue, or limits a person’s ability and desire to interact with others. Karin has faced all these life-altering challenges and has given them a lot of thought, which she’s summed up in a very provocative blog on her patient website.
Read Reshaping Your Dreams in its entirety on WebMD’s A Different Normal: Living with a Chronic Condition blog.
Karin wants to know, have you modified your dreams? What dreams are you still chasing despite your (or a spouse or family member’s) diagnosis?