Life was once simple — choices were made without concern; adventures were pursued. It was an easy thing to enjoy the days. Such enjoyment is gone now, however.
The revelation of HIV has left you undone. Your control has been taken; your certainty has been shattered. There seems to be nothing left for you.
A disease may offer limitations but your life is still your own, with the aid of essential changes:
It was once a dependency on grease, the salt-soaked delicacies. Your meals were tributes to excess (with condiments forever smeared on your Coogi shirts). The discovery of HIV, however, demands a change. Infections are common with this disease. You must therefore choose a diet stuffed with nutrients: choose vitamin-heavy foods, whole grains and vegetables; ignore heavy doses of sugar or calories.
Movement too often seems impossible. HIV demands all of your energy, steals your desire to explore the world. That desire has to be found again, however — even if it’s forced. An increase in exercising (at least one hour a day) can strengthen your body and stall the crippling symptoms of joint and nerve pain.
There’s comfort in nicotine: the curl of smoke within your lungs, the familiar flavor of carbon. Cigarettes are a relief, steadying your shaking hands and offering indulgence for a desperate time. They also strain your body, however. Those with HIV are three times more likely to develop cancers and other illnesses related to smoking. It’s essential that you abandon tobacco therefore — now.
Make these lifestyle changes to battle HIV and gain control once more.