Coping with and Maintaining a Lifestyle when Living with Aids or HIV

Coping with and Maintaining a Lifestyle when Living with Aids or HIV

A person receiving a diagnosis of any type of life-threatening condition is thrust into a different lifestyle and so are the other family members. There are resources available to those with the condition as well as family members. HIV/Aids clinics, doctors, other medical staff members, and social workers can direct those with the disease to support organizations in the community. There is assistance available to help those with HIV or Aids to learn how to cope with their condition such as how to get back and forth from doctor appointments when they are too ill to drive, or what to do about arranging child care, or how to deal with an employer or those issues that arise such as legal or financial that are bound to crop up whenever AIDS or HIV are mentioned.

It is especially important to gain emotional support when dealing with these conditions for the first time. It is crucial to gain as much information as possible about the process of the condition and the prognosis as well as to all the available treatment options. Treatments are classified by being either experimental or traditional. It is a good idea to learn about all of the known side effects of any medication being considered before it is added to the treatment plan. The HIV/AIDS patients must learn to become proactive in their own care.

Knowledge is power, or so the saying goes and in this case it is a truism. The more a person with HIV/AIDS knows about the condition the better informed they are when it comes to making decisions about treatment and the lifestyle they will be living. It is important to remain active in life, participating as much as possible despite the condition.

Managing the condition requires learning how to manage AIDS/HIV by learning effective exercises, good nutrition, and how to incorporate a positive attitude about strategies for living with the condition including physical and mental therapy and how to partner with the medical staff.

Daily life will consist of learning how to accomplish tasks when feeling fatigued, learning how to prepare foods safely, how to use supplements to get the best nutrition possible and how to implement coping skills learned through mental health therapy and support groups. The treatment plan will become a intricate part of daily life.

Part of living a proactive lifestyle is knowing how to search out and evaluate complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, and relaxation techniques, physical therapies and also using herbal remedies.

Born into a middleclass family, Rachel saw big dreams along with her five siblings. Aeroplanes flying above her small apartment later on influenced her decision to become an aeronautical engineer.
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