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People living with a chronic disease or disability has grown up to 45% of the American population and is still rising, estimating that 133 million are suffering. Many non profit groups and organizations have taken the initiative to help and support those living with a disability. Several of these charities are located in California, including the Friends of Children with Special needs. You as an individual can make a difference by donating a car to them through the simple and convenient Donate a Car program. There are also emotional and mental trials that those living with a chronic disability face where you can help out by extending an arm of love.

Mental and emotional factors that come with a chronic disability

There are several factors involved with living with a chronic disability that change the course of a regular day. Having a chronic disability takes a toll on on one’s emotions and mentality. Some common effects are:

  • Fear of physical illness
  • Feelings of loss and sadness
  • Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety
  • Reluctant to discuss the disability
  • Rapid mood changes
  • Numbness or lack of feeling or caring
  • Social anxieties or awkwardness
  • Tiring quickly
  • Insecurity in relationships
  • Resistance to help and treatment

How you can help

Despite the many hardships and trials that come with chronic disability, the support, help, and love of others can go a long way. You can help someone you love who lives with a chronic disability by first understanding that you cannot and are not expected to cure them or take their pain away. Once you understand this, you can show true companionship and support by:

  • Taking the time to learn about their disability
  • Offering versatile support, in being there when they need it while offering space when they’d prefer
  • Spending quality time
  • Openly and honestly discussing the circumstance – validate their pain
  • Striving to be sympathetic
  • Being patient and steering clear of frustration
  • Not adding to the pressure of expecting them to have a constant positive outlook but listen and offer support
  • Showing you care about their situation by asking specific questions and trying to put yourself in their shoes