... with the reality of this and having a hard time. Is there any support for those living with depression along with liver disease? I already have Crohn's disease, so we think my liver has suffered through years of this auto-immunity. I have a liver biopsy coming up soon, just so my hematologist can determine a true cause and maybe a treatment. Most everything in my world looks pretty bleak. I just need some sort of counseling support but don't know how to get that resource information.
Are you being treated for depression? That's something you need to address when coping with long term health problems. Make an appointment with the right Dr., possibly your GP or Internist or a good psychiatrist. Even if you're on one, it may need adjusting now or down the road.
You could ask around your acquaintances and Drs. and pharmacist for recommendations for a professional counselor. You really need both a professional and the friend type of support. Join a support group here and/or on inspire dot com. I can't speak for this site, but I know the inspire site has many good supportive people. You can open with a question on either site asking for support and naming your problems. Right now your question is in a general queue as well as some specific categories. Find the specific category that suits you best and ask for support.
Research support groups for exactly your problems no matter what the site name is. Look for one you can physically attend if that's your style. Ask at your local hospitals. There have to be others besides the two I gave you.
Your life is looking grim right now, but you can find a way to make it worth living and enjoy what you do have. It's hard on you right now because you're in the "I don't know" stage. You don't know what your Dr. will find, how it will affect or limit your life, and you don't know if you're going to be given a projected end-of-life timetable. This stage will end and you will get some answers. You will acquire some friends who know what you're going through like no one else can. That will feel pretty good.
My husband was given 6-12 months to live with pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. His life insurance paid about 3/4 of the insured amount while he was alive because he was terminal. He's been cancer free for 2 years now. You don't necessarily follow the direction your Dr. thinks you will. People often do a lot better. Hold onto that thought. No one knows your future but God. If you have no relationship with him, maybe it's time to start one. Or increase the closeness if you already know him. He's very near when times are difficult as well as easy. He's your comfort in rough times. If you want to talk some more, send me a private message and we can talk. You WILL feel better when you have some answers instead of now when you have few. "Not knowing" can be very hard on you but it's temporary.
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