Sunday, 2 April 2017

Chronic Illness Life Lesson Four - Expense and Cost to Your Life

We return for another "Chronic Illness Life Lesson" discussing the financial strain of  dealing with a chronic illness.

When I first got sick, I started to notice how little money was now coming in and leaving my bank account... The financial outgoings include medical bills, (which involves paying my excesses for my private doctors), although on the plus side, fortunately it could be worse and I have private healthcare. As well as the prescription costs, (which on the plus side once again, this could be worse), I have purchased a pre-payment certificate due to needing so many prescriptions.

Then there is the cost of particular supplements recommended by dieticians, vitamins, and specific diets- my local Holland and Barratt are certainly seeing a lot of me at the moment!

Not forgetting the financial cost of taxis to appointments- with my condition I am prone to fainting if I have been standing or sitting for long periods of time, or there is extreme change in temperature. As a result, since suffering with my chronic illness tubes/buses are out of the question!

Also, there is the financial cost of being too unwell to actually work, meaning you are not getting your normal salary; whether this is a complete salary sacrifice or a reduced rate it still massively impacts your income as more often than not you still have the same bills to pay!

Although all these financial reasons seem so minor in comparison to the huge cost my illness will have on the rest of my life...

Recently my mind has been circling back to the idea that had I still been at work there would have been a possibility of a pay rise and even a sizeable bonus awarded a few weeks ago. Undoubtately, this plays on my mind for so many reasons - freedom of how to spend your money, career ambition, your self-worth, saving, a celebratory outing..

However, it can also take a toll on your career as a whole, on your dreams, perhaps you wanted to be promoted within a certain time frame, take a sabbatical, purchase a house, go on a trip abroad, move abroad etc.. These things have to get put on hold or perhaps adjusted long-term while suffering with a  long-term illness.

Of course, there is the price you pay with relationships, you are sometimes not able to be physically present to witness special moments in the lives of those close to you. The strain on relationships when you feel like you just need to keep taking and not being able to give in return. Inevitably, some friendships drift apart since you have to keep turning down invites, and soon they begin to stop asking altogether.

Lastly, there is the undeniable cost upon your self-esteem, mainly due to the combined factors above.

Despite these array of expenses to your life, there is nothing like the power and strength you gain from living with a chronic illness. It completely changes your life in ways you would not imagine, you learn to enjoy the little things, your good days, luxuries you once took for granted are now big achievements.

Although I experience huge cost to my life temporarily and some, well, for the rest of my life. Nothing compares to the experience and attitude to life which has dramatically changed, and in a way I probably would not have otherwise learnt. I used to get caught up in fretting the minor things in life, who had said what, etc. Now, since chronic illness became a part of my life, my perspective has changed and for that, I cannot wait to see where the new path shall lead me.

"The Hopeful Chronic"


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