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  • Acknowledging diagnosis anniversaries

    Posted by Charlene Marshall on April 22, 2024 at 11:35 am

    It feels wrong to ask how you ‘celebrate’ your diagnosis anniversaries, because for many people (including myself) those dates aren’t worth celebrating. That said, they are significant milestones in our chronic illness experience. How do you acknowledge them?

    My eighth anniversary of living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) was earlier this month, on April 7th. I never really know what to do with myself on that date each year, or how to feel. This year was particularly difficult as it landed on a Sunday, so I didn’t even have work to distract me.

    How do you acknowledge your diagnosis anniversaries? What do you do for your mental health or self-care on that day each year?

    Kathryn Maguire replied 2 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Kathryn Maguire

    April 23, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    I only acknowledge my anniversary so I can beat the odds.


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