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      In a recent column, Pulmonary Hypertension News‘ writer Brittany Foster talks about what it’s like to live with the disease — and what helps ease her days when she feels she can’t fight anymore:

      “With pulmonary hypertension, I have been through a variety of difficult days, including days when I feel I can’t fight this disease anymore. They are the days that make me question my own physical and mental strength. On these days, I think to myself, ‘How could it get any worse than this?’ My hardest times have taught me that even though these days seem impossible to overcome, I always do.

      I find that it helps to give myself reminders to keep a positive attitude and persevere. Following are some reminders I give to myself and to friends who struggle with all types of illness, whether physical or mental.

      You’re not a burden.
      Many times, I worry I’m a burden to others. It’s easy to isolate myself when filled with these negative thoughts. It’s better to talk about my hard days with people who care. If I don’t open up about my symptoms, I’m a burden to my own body.

      You’re worthy of rest.
      Taking time to rest doesn’t mean I’m lazy. When my body tells me I need to rest, I have to listen. Without the guilt. I constantly fight with thoughts that tell me I’m not doing enough. No matter how ‘lazy’ I feel, rest is a crucial part of healing.”

      Read more of Brittany’s column here: “Reminders that Help Me Get Through the Difficult Days.”

      What helps you get back up on your feet when you’re having a bad day? Share your thoughts below.

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