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Learning that you have an incurable illness or enduring medical condition can leave you feeling emotionally disoriented and full of questions. However, you have the agency to take actions that can greatly contribute to your overall well-being and day-to-day happiness. This article from Studio 108 outlines a roadmap that can support you as you come to terms with this daunting reality.

Confirming the Verdict: The Importance of a Second Opinion

First and foremost, it is crucial to get another professional evaluation to confirm your diagnosis. Although medical professionals are trained to be accurate, human error exists. Second opinions can sometimes reveal misdiagnoses or offer alternative treatment methods. When it comes to your health, erring on the side of caution is usually advisable.

Expert Guidance: Why a Specialist Matters

Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the next step is to consult a medical expert who specializes in your particular condition. This clinician’s specialized knowledge can greatly impact the success of your treatment plan, offer novel therapeutic strategies, and help you understand what to expect moving forward. Remember, not all medical professionals are created equal; some have more experience and training in particular areas than others.

A Haven for Older Adults: Choosing the Right Care Facility

If you’re in your golden years and the nature of your condition necessitates constant medical attention, it’s wise to explore residential care options. Use digital platforms to review important information such as facility ratings, financial arrangements, and firsthand accounts from other families. This will enable you to make a decision that aligns with your needs and preferences.

Emotional Anchors: The Healing Power of Support Groups

Dealing with a chronic condition or incurable disease can be mentally draining. Finding a community of people who are going through similar struggles can be immensely comforting. Support groups offer not only emotional relief but also practical advice on how to manage your condition more effectively. The benefit of shared experience can never be underestimated.

Knowledge is Power: Your Treatment Landscape

Being an active participant in your healthcare requires you to understand the nuances of your treatment options. Acquaint yourself with various medications, therapies, and interventions available. The more informed you are, the more confidently you can discuss treatment plans with your healthcare provider, ensuring that your choices are congruent with your lifestyle and personal beliefs.

The Harmony of Movement: Yoga for Resilience

Exercise is an effective way to manage stress and physical symptoms, and yoga is particularly beneficial. Gentle poses can help improve mobility and flexibility, while the meditative aspects can support mental health. Even if you’ve never tried yoga before, many poses are adaptable to various ability levels. Visit Studio 108 to begin your yoga journey!

Your Medical Portfolio: Keeping Digital Records

Managing your health often comes with a deluge of paperwork, which can quickly become overwhelming. To tackle this, you may consider this option: digitize all medical records for streamlined storage and easy retrieval. By keeping documents as PDFs, you ensure broad compatibility and easy sharing capabilities. Many online tools exist to help you manipulate PDFs as you need.

Open Lines: Transparency with Your Medical Team

Finally, transparency is key when it comes to your relationship with your healthcare providers. Open dialogue allows your physicians to tailor your treatment plan according to your specific needs, desires, and concerns. Never hesitate to ask questions or seek clarifications—it’s your health, after all.

While a diagnosis of a chronic or incurable condition can redefine your life in unexpected ways, following these crucial steps can equip you to manage your health proactively and live a fulfilling life. You’re not on this path alone; help and support are there for you. By taking these steps, you are setting the stage to navigate your new normal with both courage and resilience.

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!