Talking about acromegaly
It is natural to have ups and downs, good days and bad days, whether or not you have an endocrine condition such as acromegaly, which may require chronic treatment.
Throughout your journey with acromegaly, remember to be kind to yourself and allow time for you to process information that you may receive.
Talking to and sharing information with your family and friends may also be a great help. So, try not to bottle up your emotions, and talk about them. As the old saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved.
How does having acromegaly make you feel?
People with acromegaly have said that it makes them feel old before their time, very low or depressed, alone or isolated, and frustrated and embarrassed.
Talking with your family and friends about your diagnosis or how you are feeling may help improve low mood. Making others aware of your condition and how it affects you is an important part of your journey and living with acromegaly.
What if I get worried or concerned?
If you have any concerns or worries, let someone know. Among your family, your friends, your nurse, your hospital doctor or your general practitioner, there will be someone there to help and support you. All you need to do is ask.
Make the most of your visits with your doctor. The more you understand about your condition, the more in control you will feel. Take a list of the questions you have to your next hospital appointment and write down the answers.
Or take a partner, a family member or a friend with you so that they can remind you about the questions you need to ask.
They will also help you to remember comments from the doctor and nurse after your visit.
Talking to others can help
How much or how little you tell your family members or friends about your current health is up to you. Do not feel that you need to tell everyone until you are ready. Likewise, do not feel that you have to keep everything to yourself until it becomes an emotional burden, or that you have to protect your family and friends all the time.
Remember family and friends should be there to support you as much as you are there to support them.
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