It’s very important for the majority of us to mark the passage of time in our lives. We typically plan special occasions, to more fully commemorate important events, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
For those of us who are living with chronic illness, there may also be a somewhat different type of “anniversary” to commemorate. We may consider the anniversary of when our symptoms first started, or the anniversary of when we were initially diagnosed.
Alternatively, we might want to mark the time associated with when we began to implement a particular medication and/or treatment. If we are especially fortunate, we’ll commemorate how long that we’ve been symptom free.
Taking notice of illness-related anniversaries can benefit our overall reception of healthcare. Our specialists are better equipped to implement the most effective types of treatments if we provide them with quantitative data regarding our symptom onset, intensity, and duration.