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It is difficult to think clearly when you're not at your best. And a person with chronic illness goes through a roller coaster of good days and bad. Matt Cavallo, MPH, delivers heartfelt advice and blatant truth as a person who is going through the same struggles as others stricken with illness. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) age 28, Cavallo became empowered to take charge of his health along with coping at work and building his young family.
Readers going through similar problems, or hoping to understand what our friends and colleagues may be going through will benefit from reading "7 Steps to Living Well with a Chronic Illness." This is a highly motivating and informative book both for those newly diagnosed with M.S., living with other chronic illness, and for the partners or helpers who look after their needs.
Cavallo's personal story of being hit with M.S. while in his twenties, includes the many helpful resources he discovered or created along the way, such as what to ask at doctor visits. Equally valuable is his advice on how to handle denied claims and other bureaucratic issues, along with a helpful list of questions to keep handy every time you call your insurance company. As Cavallo states: "I started to realize that healthcare is a system and has a process that must be followed. I thought that if I mastered that process, I would be able to take advantage of the healthcare system and get the maximum benefit and hopefully that would lead to better personal health outcomes. I also learned that the three hardest words to say are, "I need help"."
"You are now director of healthcare," as he says. "Be your own advocate. You are with your body 24 hours a day, so no one knows how your illness or treatment approaches impact you and your life better than you do."
With "7 Steps to Living Well with a Chronic Illness," you have a guide to help navigate the healthcare system and learn to partner with your doctors. It is also important to be honest and open in communicating with loved ones. The turmoil of a new illness leaves us with questions, fears, fatigue and sorrow. Shutting out those who care won't help. Learn from Cavallo as he finds his way through all these issues and more.
Keep a symptom and pain journal at your side, as Cavallo suggests, refer to his tips to keep you on track, and be sure to keep his book at your side. His inspiring candor and strength in coping with chronic illness is an inspiration for all readers, especially those who are facing illness or are caring for someone. There is so much to gain from reading Cavallo's story. Read it and become a stronger person, defined by focusing on what you do really want and defining your specific goals for an optimal life.