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My Wake Up Call: Managing My Chronic Disease

Walgreens Wake Up Call For Americans

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This is a sponsored post by Walgreens. All opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

The Silent Disease

Can you imagine having a disease so sneaky that many times it will not show up in your blood work and may cause many people to live undiagnosed for years?

This devious disease also:

  • Triggers severe pain
  • Robs you of your energy until debilitating exhaustion rules your life
  • Loves irony– because you will be so tired that you want nothing more than to sleep 24/7 but insomnia prevents you from getting the restorative rest you so desperately need
  • Diminishes your cognitive functions and makes you feel as though you have early onset dementia
  • Makes you feel very anxious with panic attacks
  • Sometimes it throws depression into the mix as well
  • Causes hair loss, cold intolerance, massive weight gain and many more symptoms

This is Hashimoto’s Disease­ and three-and-a-half-years ago my life as I knew it changed forever. I gave birth to my beautiful daughter and my autoimmune disease was activated. Hashimoto’s Disease took over my body and my life.

You can read about my entire experience here.

Needless to say, while I was left undiagnosed, it wreaked havoc on my physical and mental health causing my life to go into a tailspin.

What Is The Danger Of Hashimoto’s Disease?

Hashimoto’s is a lifelong progressive autoimmune disease that destroys the thyroid gland over time. As this destruction progresses, the thyroid gland becomes less and less able to produce necessary thyroid hormones to meet the body’s needs.

It is critical to have enough thyroid hormones in the body to complete some of the basic body functions, such as metabolism, brain function and body temperature regulation. Left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to a multitude of health complications including heart disease, mental health issues, high cholesterol or in extreme cases, comas.

This is why it is absolutely imperative to take thyroid medication if your own thyroid cannot produce enough.

Managing My Hashimoto’s Disease

My thyroid medication is CRITICAL to maintaining my health.

Treated and medicated I can live a symptom-free life that enables me to be the superwoman I was prior to my Hashimoto’s Disease. It also ensures that I can see my children grow up and give 100% to my family and work obligations.

Unfortunately, at times, I forget to take my medication. Or I forget to call in my refill. And, I am also guilty of forgetting to pick up my medicine.

I know many of you can relate! From chauffeuring our children to school and extracurricular activities to managing our own hectic schedules, it’s not always at the forefront of our thoughts.

We are not alone­–nearly 100 million Americans do not follow their prescription requirements correctly–either because of forgetfulness, inconvenience or lack of education. And 33% of prescriptions are never filled!

This can lead to increased health complications and healthcare costs.

Walgreens Orders A Wake Up Call For Americans Not Taking Their Medication

Walgreens Wake Up Call

In response to this healthcare dilemma, Walgreens is ordering a Wake Up Call ☎️ for Americans to take their medication as prescribed by their doctors by utilizing the Walgreens app.

This ingenious app allows patients to set medication reminders, set up autofill for their prescriptions and even set up prescription deliveries.

Plus, if you’re ever confused about medication, you don’t have to wait until the next morning to get answers. The Walgreens 24/7 Pharmacy Chat is always available to help.

Talk about beneficial! The Walgreens app is just the resource I need to ensure that I stay on top of my medication, from refills to reminders, so that I can better manage my condition and feel on top of my game.

Walgreens’ mission to bring awareness to chronic conditions and to encourage those living with one to stay on top of their medication regimen makes me proud to be a Walgreens customer! And I am grateful they are giving their customers the tools needed to help make sure they never miss a day of medication.

Are you living with a chronic illness or do you know someone that is? Do you struggle with taking your medication regularly?

P.T. Barnum once said, “The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness.” And I agree, don’t you?

Therefore, I encourage you to answer Walgreens’ Wake Up Call ☎️ by downloading the Walgreens app and help spread the word to friends and family.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068890/

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140428nonadherencestudy.html

Managing chronic disease with Walgreens

 

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