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Are you struggling to cope with a physical illness? Contact a helpline in Tennessee, United States for support.

A chronic, life-altering, or life-threatening diagnosis can come as a shock. The effects of physical illness may make it hard to maintain a positive mental, emotional and spiritual outlook. There are counselors and volunteers at 1 helplines in Tennessee, United States who you can confide in when you feel:

  • Frustration and anger about the uncertainty and disabilities associated with your illness.
  • Cut off from your family and friends who cannot understand what you are going through.
  • Fear that you'll be defined by your medical condition, instead of who you really are.
  • Regret or shame about what you may have done to cause or deserve your illness.
  • Depression about the life you've lost, things you cannot do, and places you cannot go.
  • That you can no longer be a valuable member of your family or social group.
  • That you are struggling to cope with the unpredictable or disabling aspects of your illness.
  • Unable to cope mentally or emotionally with the pain and discomfort you feel.

Illness is usually unexpected, and it sometimes seems unfair. Perhaps the news or consequences of your illness has made you feel numb with shock and disappointment, or overwhelmed with powerful emotions. The inability to think straight or function may make you feel frustrated, anguished or useless. You are still valued.

You have the potential to face physical illness with grace and resilience. To do so, you need to nurture your mental and emotional wellbeing. You can start by confiding in someone in Tennessee, United States who understands how deeply medical distress can affect your mental health. Reaching for support does not make you weak, helpless or incapable – it just means you’re human.


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