Having a chronic illness, or a rare illness can be stressful. Not every doctor has heard of all the different types of illnesses, let alone knows how to treat them. In most cases, for instance, in my case I have to drive out of state to a Clinic for treatment. Unfortunately, going to an out of state clinic is bitter sweet.
- Taking time off work
With the long trips to the clinic it can take a while day for one appointment there. When I have several appointments my parents have to take several days off of work. I always feel bad for them to miss work, but they wouldn’t miss these appointments for anything.
- The trips
Unfortunately, the trips are long. For me it takes about 4 hours, or 8 hours roundtrip. I got to a point where I was there twice a month. Thankfully I am there about once a month now. Even though, the trips are extremely boring and long, I am super thankful for all of the staff, for working around me living out of state and have accommodated me and my family.
- The diagnosis
After 6 months of back and forth, hospital visits and tests, almost every doctor in my hometown had turned me away. We came to a point where we had no choice but to go to an out of state clinic. We decided on Cleveland clinic, and that was the best choice we could’ve made. Although it took 2 years for Cleveland clinic to diagnose me, they still figured it out! I am so happy, and thankful for the clinic for diagnosing me, and for the treatment plan! It wasn’t, and still isn’t an easy journey but they never gave up on me, and that’s all I could ask for. For that I’m forever grateful.
Having to drive out of state to a clinic for treatment can be stressful and overwhelming. The traveling and taking off time from work can become arduous, but in the end it can be rewarding. I’m so thankful for Cleveland clinic and everything they have done, and continue to do for me. I truly don’t know what I would have done without the staff their. It makes all of the traveling worth it. ♡