March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. All month long the National Council on Problem Gambling aims to raise awareness about problem gambling. The goal of this campaign is to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and promote the availability of help and hope both locally and nationally.
Gambling, in its very own definition, is the activity or practice of playing a game of chance for money or other stakes. At one point or another, you might have made a simple bet on something completely random, like a football game. Even if the bet was just for fun, gambling can become a serious problem for the person that doesn’t know when to stop. For many, it may be hard to ignore the thrill of a rolling a perfect pair of dice or the anticipation of presenting the perfect hand at a game of poker. But in certain circumstances, people have been known to gamble much more than their money.
Gambling doesn’t always have to deal with the casino. The very same ideology can be applied to anyone living with a medical condition. When living with a medical condition, such as lung disease, it can be difficult adapting to a new lifestyle. The stress of a disease can sometimes cause health problems, for both the person who gambles with their health and the family. This can include anxiety, depression and stress-related problems such as poor sleep, ulcers, headaches and muscle pains. Most often, lung disease patients tend to veer away from taking constant medications because of the ongoing nature of the disease. If you start to feel like you are gambling with your life or lung disease, here are a few things you should do:
- Stay calm and listen carefully to your family
- Talk to your doctor or someone that can help
- Document what you are feeling in a notebook
- Create a system to remind yourself of what medicines to take
- Accept your condition
- Take your health into your own hands
Did you know the odds of you winning the next Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175,000,000, but the probability of living a healthier, more fulfilled life is within reach? Stop taking risks with medicines that only relieve your symptoms, and double down on your condition. We’ve seen hundreds of patients with lung disease reap the reward of taking their health into their own hands, and more are going all-in each day. If you’re ready to be dealt a new hand, stem cell therapy may just be your best bet. Call the Lung Institute today at (800) 729-3065.