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Living Your Life

If you have a medical problem whether it is diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, sickle cell or something else, it can be easy to feel that it is taking over your life.

You might get quite low about it and feel that whatever you do to take control is useless. You might just want to ignore it and hope it goes away. Feeling like this is normal, most people feel like this when they are first diagnosed with a medical problem whether they are young or old.

We would like you to live your life as you want to.
Initially, it can be hard but we are here to try and make your medical problem fit around you, not the other way round. It is possible to still have control of your life.
Sometimes other people (i.e. parents and teachers) get worried about your health more than you do and you might feel more restricted than other people. We can give you and the people you care about lots of information that might help.

You should be able to go out, have relationships, get work, play sports, go on holiday and do anything you want. The difference is that you might need to plan a little bit more and make sure that your health doesn't suffer.

Check out the other zones to see if they help you think about how you might feel about your mood, exercise, relationships and work. You might have specific questions. Why not email and ask us or drop in to see one of us?

Related Questions

  • Age: 14
    Gender: Female

    Question:

    ive got a blood test in a couple of weeks and im scared coz I've been told they inject into ur vein, could you tell me what they really do because im dreading it :/

    Answer:

    A blood test is a very routine test, and the person doing it will be very proficient. A very thin needle is inserted into a vein, usually in the bend of your arm where veins are prominent, and a small amount of blood is taken out.  It can be uncomfortable but not really painful; the thought of it is worse than the reality. 

    It is possible to have some numbing cream put on beforehand. This takes about 20-40 minutes to work, so sometimes it is better to get it over with quickly than get even more anxious while waiting for the cream to work!

  • Age: 14
    Gender: Female

    Question:

    ive had a bladder problem for over half of my life, and its got worse. ive just managed to get some medication for it, would i be on them for long?

    Answer:

    As you have had this condition for most of your life you probably have a specialist or your doctor who sees you regularly. If this is the case its probably best to speak with them as they will have good picture of the history. Having said that we would be very happy to talk through your condition and treatment and help clarify any questions or concerns you may have. Naturally we would need more information which would best shared in a private consultation. If you are local please drop in to one of our clinics or if you are further away give us a call and we can talk on the phone.

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