Many of us plan so much for our lives, however, sickness is usually not included in the equation. We plan our marriages, children, vacations, but illness is not one we plan for or foresee. As a professional in the medical industry, we meet many types of patients. For instance, some patients want to know everything about their illness and others desire to know nothing at all. Despite what type of person they are, the first step in fighting an illness is a plan. Most people who plan appear to mentally have an easier course. Goals are what make us get up every morning and work hard. Goals become measurable and let us see improvement. That being said, it is important to have measurable goals. This is something people can still stick to even when everything is not going according to plan. In simple terms, when someone is diagnosed with an illness, the ultimate goal is to achieve better health.
According to a study, when one writes down their goals, they often have greater success. Writing down your goals helps to reinforce your commitment to them. It also helps you remember them and makes you accountable to them. Having goals keeps you focused. When some people become sick, they believe that they will just go with the flow, and simply leave the health improvements to the doctor. However, this creates an imbalance and ultimately fails in the long run. You are part of the equation and we need you to participate. This is your health and you are the determining factor of whether or not a treatment plan will work.
When diagnosed with mesothelioma it has been suggested that people who focus on certain goals before, during and after treatment are better off physically and emotionally. Start with taking a walk every day. Focus on your diet: a high protein, low-sugar diet is recommended along with a multivitamin everyday. Attention to sleep is also important. Becoming aware of sleep problems and management of the effects of sleep disturbances will help your overall well-being. Keeping your spirits up and communicating what you are feeling is very important for your health.
Once you start treatment the care team has a plan for you and you should be aware of it. Having a plan helps you have a strategy which will then help you achieve your ultimate goal of better health. When you visualize your goals, you are putting your plan into action. A lot of goals can include physical activity. If you can see yourself walking after surgery on day 1, that is a huge success. In your mind, you must visualize yourself getting out of bed and keep in mind how you will feel when you obtain your goals. Discuss with the nurse and make a plan for yourself and collaborate on ideas. Collaboration is the key when it comes to achieving your goals.