How do I keep motivating myself to do medical treatments?
February 14, 2013 6:08 AM Subscribe
How do I keep motivating myself to do medical treatments when I'm so tired, physically, intellectually and emotionally?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've been very very sick for two years (chronic, not cancer) - the type of sick where you have to quit your job, use a wheelchair, stop driving, and your social life gives way to lots of medical appointments. I'm constantly exhausted. Showering or brushing my teeth are major physical exertions.
I see a counsellor regularly, and I'm not Depressed, but I am burned out. I have carer's fatigue - and I'm caring for myself!
I'm finding it increasingly difficult to make myself do blood tests, Drs appointments, etc. They're tiring and stressful and painful and I'm starting to feel as though my health will never improve.
When trying to explain how burned out about medical treatment I was feeling, I told a friend recently that if I was diagnosed with cancer, I don't have the physical or emotional reserves to do chemo - I'd just lie down and die.
Drs have told me that I might be able to get better - maybe not 100% better, but a lot less fatigued and a lot better quality of life - if I do X, Y, Z exhausting medical treatments, but at the moment I am really struggling to force myself.
How do I keep going? I keep feeling like after every mountain of tests and treatment I crawl up, there's another, bigger mountain...