Depression due to illness

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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 2/1/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have multiple chronic illnesses which have all been dx in last 2 years. The hardest part for me is fatigue, which makes it impossible to work in my field. Feeling sad and isolated. What happens to all those work friends??
Diagnosis: AIH, Cirhossis, AI hemolytic anemia, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, RA, Hypothyroid, Anxiety and depression.
RX: Cellcept 1500mg, lasix, aldactone, lactulose, plaquenil, synthroid, procrit injection, effexor, abilify,celebrex, prilosec
Any suggestions on how to cope. I see a therapist. Not much family support.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 2/1/2010 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Ailsa,

This is a good place to get support, good advice, prayers and sometimes a good laugh. I am sorry to hear about your illnesses. I bet it is overwhelming to say the least. I have been joining this forum to help me with my Father's cirrhosis of the liver. This goup has been a godsend.

Can you tell us more about yourself?


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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 12014
   Posted 2/1/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Ailsa!  I can relate!  After my hep C diagnosis in '93, I was unable to continue working FT due to the fatigue (which I'd had for a couple of years prior to diagnosis.)  I haven't maintained a friendship with anyone I worked with...and I was at one job for 8 yrs.  Friends also drifted away, as I didn't have the energy to go out as much as they do.  My marriage broke up.  But I'm okay today because I'm alive against all odds and I have this forum and the people here who mean so much to me.  Unless people have lived with chronic illness, it's hard for them to understand.  And unless they've had the exact same thing you have, it's also difficult.  That's why this forum is such a great refuge.  I will say that I have a couple of people who have been in my life for many years and they are still there.  You will learn who really cares about you, that's for sure.

I think to feel better and be able to cope, you have to accept your illness and where you are today, realizing that you are not the same person you were and have limitations.  Acceptance is key to being a happier you.  Be thankful for what you DO have and what you CAN do.  That will limit the "poor me's."

Hope we see you here often!



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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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