The Power of Acceptance
Let's talk about acceptance and how it can help you live an active life with incontinence.
Have you ever heard of grief as it's related to your health? According to a New York Times article I read recently, grief may be triggered by a chronic condition that affects your quality of life, like incontinence.
The five stages of grief, as discovered and publicized by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross are, in order, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Once you've reached acceptance - of your medical condition, your need to wear protection or lifestyle changes you've had to make - you're well on your way to getting back to the activities you enjoy.
Some people assume that "acceptance" means that you're just fine and totally okay with whatever is happening. Or that you're simply resigned to living unhappily and not trying to find a solution. It's actually about being realistic.
Have you done what you can to see if it's medically possible or appropriate to treat your condition? Have you decided to wear protection, rather than using a catheter, having surgery or taking a medication that may have unpleasant side effects? Then you've reached acceptance and are likely ready to get back to your active lifestyle.
What do you think? Did you go through a grieving process when you learned you'd have to manage incontinence? Have you discovered the power of acceptance? How did it help you?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Lori@Depend
*Source: [url http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/grief/overview.html ]New York Times Health Guide[/url]