Coping with Aplastic Anemia

As with any serious and chronic disease, you may experience many emotional side effects living with aplastic anemia. Tips to help you and your family better cope with your illness include:

  • Research your disease. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be to make treatment decisions.
  • Ask questions. Be sure to ask your doctor about anything related to your disease or treatment that you don't understand. It may help you to tape-record or write down what your doctor tells you.
  • Be vocal. Don't be afraid to express any concerns you have to your doctor or any other health care professional treating you.
  • Seek support. Ask family and friends for emotional support. Ask them to consider becoming blood donors or bone marrow donors. Consider joining an aplastic anemia support group. It may be helpful to talk to others coping with the disease.
  • Take care of yourself. Proper nutrition and sleep are important to optimize blood production.

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