Almost all CLL patients say stress makes their symptoms worse. It doesn't seem to just be stress which causes distress. It seems any type of stress and it seems to go hand in hand with pacing oneself. At one time I had a full time job three children and a large house to run and I did it. Now I can only do one thing at a time and if I try to think of something else at the same time I make mistakes. When I get tired I get clumsy. I can't tell you the numbers of things I have dropped on our kitchen floor - its ceramics tiles so very unforgiving. I find myself advoiding people who I know are emotionally draining and much preferring people who don't ask too much of me. Stress though cannot be totally advoided. In my weekly diary I have "walk for health", playing friendly bridge and healing. I know that I rely on these to give me time to be instead of doing. How do other people find stress and how do they cope?
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