You may be feeling pretty good, as far as suffering from an illness goes. You've just been to your doctor; you had a serious conversation and decided – almost together – on the best treatment for you. Then you left the office, prescription-in-hand, feeling very optimistic about this new plan. So what happens now? If you're like most patients, you'll soon find that even all the optimism in the world won't necessarily translate into a perfect adherence score for you in real life.
In simplified terms, adherence is how well you follow your treatment plan. This can refer to taking medicine, making lifestyle and dietary changes, or whatever helps keep your condition under control.
I know from my own first-hand experience, that just getting involved in a new project, or having to travel, can throw me off and make me forget to take my own meds. And that’s me – a smart, dedicated lady, and very mindful of my health! I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune disease, just a few years ago, and I lived with it undiagnosed for at least eight years before that. I unfortunately am familiar with the struggles, challenges, and ambivalent feelings towards treatment.
For a combination of reasons, no matter how good they feel about their physician, their treatment, or the idea of lifestyle changes, most patients somehow don’t follow through completely with their treatment. This doesn’t mean that being non-adherent is a good idea. The opposite. This course is intended to support your medication and – if you so choose – your lifestyle plan, and be aligned with your medical team. It is also intended to be a realistic companion to overcoming the challenges of adherence. And I believe what we put together here can really make a difference.
So, if you are a member of the "long-term chronic illness club", or even if your stint with medication is short term, but you and have, shall we say, less than perfect adherence, this course is for you!
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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