Facing old age with a chronic illness

This is a collaborative post

None of us are getting any younger. As depressing as that may seem it is important that we appreciate that this is a fact and with age comes more health issues. Those of us with chronic illness have to face this, more likely sooner than our healthy friends and family.

How can we prepare for our health in the future?

As someone who lives with chronic illness, in my case Crohn’s disease, it can be difficult to think ahead. No two days are the same. One day I can be seemingly fighting fit, only to be floored with ill health the next day. It can be hard to plan any kind of future when you don’t even know what the next day has in store.

For me I take each day as it comes but also think further ahead

One day I might need more assistance; I already struggle with mobility on bad days. Maybe I will need a walking aid. I have applied for a blue badge for disabled parking, this will help when my mobility days or when I need to park quickly to use a toilet. However I am having to appeal the decision that I don’t need one. I am lucky that my condition doesn’t affect my lungs, but if it did then I would make sure I was able to source an Oxygen Concentrator UK.

For me, facing facts and knowing where I can turn to for help or putting something aside to help pay for necessities as my health deteriorates puts my mind at rest somewhat. It really doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

I think having a chronic illness makes you more pragmatic

I have certainly become more grounded. I can also advocate for myself in a way I never thought I would have to. It shouldn’t be necessary but sadly it is. I recently fought to have my grouping changed to get my covid vaccination. I applied for PIP and was successful – that was no mean feat I can tell you. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I think in a way that is true. I have found an inner strength that I wasn’t aware I had.

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