Being diagnosed with a medical condition is just the start. It marks the beginning of a journey into the unknown. And, whether you like it or not, on this journey, you are the captain of that boat! Or at least, the co-captain, alongside your physician. Because, let’s face it, there are very few situations in which your involvement is not at all required. Even by opening your mouth to swallow a pill.
Maybe you're one of those people who like to take charge, assume responsibility, and be very involved with what is going on. Or maybe, at a time like this, you would much rather move over to the passenger seat. Either way, we are living at a fantastic age, where the variety and accessibility of medical information allows for patients to take charge over their health. And science shows that patients who participate in decision making achieve better medical outcomes. So actively managing your health is both a viable and beneficial option, which, even if you don't like, you must seriously consider.
It's not simple. In so many ways. Not only is it emotionally draining to be ill, it is also mentally perplexing. I should know. Most of my academic career, and most of my publications, have been around the ways patients understand medical information. Repeatedly, I found that patients, and people in general, want to make informed choices and are unable to because of the inundation of confusing medical information. They end up making decisions based upon attitudes and preconceptions that are actually worse for them. Ironically, whenever I am a patient, I find myself making the same mistakes, along with many others.
This course is intended to help put things in order, to prevent you from making obvious mistakes, and to give you some tools for becoming actively involved with managing your health, to the degree you are comfortable with. You can practice it alone, or with someone you trust, who cares enough to participate. Hope this helps you navigate your boat safely back to health.
You’re a brave guy. And a lucky one too. How do we know that? Because you survived your heart attack. And now, you’re ready to move on. Maybe you think the best way to do it is to forget it ever happened. But how far will that get you? Chances are, not very. To really move on you need to first deal with what you’ve gone through and then start re-structuring the pieces of your life. That’s a tall order even for the bravest and luckiest among us. You need – and deserve –the best tools to help get you there. We have gathered these tools for you right here, in the ‘Recovering from heart attack’ community. This is the no-nonsense place where men like you come to learn how to process what they’ve gone through and move on. It’s where they share their experiences with one another and practice the steps that support and sustain their recovery. In fact, it’s the only place where you can access all these tools within the framework of our uniquely effective approach to recovery. Just for brave, lucky guys like.
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