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   Posted 11/29/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm a 23 yr old female w/ cf and was just looking for advice from someone or looking to see if anyone has the same problems i do. i was diagnosed w/ cf as a baby, my pft's are about 55%. i often feel depressed and, like, anxiety can just sweep over my entire body when i'm put under mental stress. it's hard because i knew one person with cf and she passed away this year. i had my gallbladder removed earlier this year, had 5 enemas this year because my bowels were almost completely obstructed....i just don't know how to look at anything positively anymore, i feel awkward nearly all the time, but especially in large groups of people. i feel like everyone is judging me all the time, like i'm not good enough. i would assume depression or anxiety is more common in those with a chronic illness....i don't know exactly what type of feedback i'm looking for. i guess just advice and if anyone has also had these problems. thanks!

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   Posted 11/29/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
<FONT color=black>self-esteem lies in the standards with which we measure ourselves as we go through life. To thrive with chronic illness, throw out the old and rethink your standards. Know that you are an awesome person that has a chronic illness but do not think less of yourself because of your CF.

Learn to set achievable goals and not over stress yourself and accept that you are still one wonderful, and productive person. This is where a lot of courage is needed. Courage to address old pressures to be a certain way and to imagine value in doing things differently. You will be OK, I promise.

It’s imperative for your spirit that you have goals for living, big and small.
What might change with the reality of chronic illness is the path and timing. You will reach great goals and be proud of each and every one of them.

If you need a therapist to help you through the rough times, please give yourself permission to see one. I have one and she is really good about helping me stay on track.

Stay in the moment for that is all we truly have. Do not worry about tommorow for it will take care of itself and yesterday is gone, so live for today, for this moment.

Welcome to our family here in HealingWell.

Gentle Hugs,


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   Posted 1/5/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
hey, im 18 and have been growing through some of the things you were.. all throughout highschool i hated it. i felt so different from everyone cause i always coughed & everyone thought i skipped school since i was out all the time. i found out my CF is more liver oriented so i feel your pain on the galbladder thing, we faught with doctors for two weeks on why my galbladder would have to come out. i felt so useless that no one would listen to me.. thankfully i had one doctor who grouped a lot of other ones together and figured out that it was the galbladder at all. trust me.. ive had my breakdowns and everything else. its normal. you just have to pick your head up and kick it in the ass (: thats what ive had to do. i also know someone who is 23 and looks like they are 10, i sometimes get depressed because i am doing so well other than my liver stuff . . and he is doing horrible with lung stuff. so dont worry! youre not the only one at all.
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