Being diagnosed with PAP may leave you in a crisis. When you find yourself in a crisis situation, you will be forced to find out where you are in your life. In this process, your personal life story plays a dominant part as it will have a great impact on how you perceive and handle your disease. It also determines how you choose to go on with your life.
A crisis is equal to upheaval. Initially, upheaval means that you lose control, and it is something that few of us find attractive. When you are in a crisis, you can experience many different kinds of emotions, both negative and positive. At times you may be in denial of the physical changes and the feelings associated with your PAP, while other days you feel like you can do everything.
We respond very differently to the crisis and upheaval. To begin with you will typically lose perspective, withdraw from the world and everything is perceived as being unreal. The world is at a standstill. The reaction typically occurs just after diagnosis, and / or when you have breathing difficulties.
The core or essence of crisis management is to be able to say goodbye to some things and welcome new ways of doing things. You may work your way through this process with the help of your social network and your own fighting spirit.
The first step is to recognise and process your changed life situation. Then slowly, perhaps with the help and support of others, you may begin to find the way to a new plan for your life. Seeking professional help is also an option if you think it can benefit you. In principle professional help just means that you face your situation with an outsider with a professional angle. And it may help you to get your thoughts together and guide you to a life with PAP.
When dealing with a crisis, you may find yourself going down one of two pathways: Passive or active acceptance.