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Living your best life with a chronic illness
Delbert Kosbab, a 79-year-old New Ulm resident, has been struggling with heart disease since 1983, when he had to undergo his first bypass procedure.
Delbert Kosbab finds maintaining his interest in woodworking a vital component to living his best life with a chronic illness.
Things aren’t always easy for Kosbab in his battle with the illness. He’s had more than one bypass surgery, and now has a pacemaker and defibrillator in his heart. He’s also dealt with struggles due to kidney disease, as well as arthritis in his back and hips.
But he tries to stay active through his main passion, woodworking. He also eats a healthy, low-sodium diet with the help of his wife, Phyllis, and keeps a positive outlook about his illness.
Also helpful in maintaining his quality of life with chronic heart problems is the thorough care and attention to detail offered by Sanjay K. Mishra, MD, an internal medicine specialist at the New Ulm Medical Center. “I see Dr. Mishra every three months, but I can call him anytime I need him,” said Delbert. “He’s been a great doctor for me. He’s very thorough, very honest, and doesn’t beat around the bush.”Tips for Coping with Chronic Illness
With a combination of changes in lifestyle and strict adherence to the proper medical regimen, others can live their best life with a chronic illness, too. Here’s what can help:
Source: Health Edition September 2011
Reviewed by: Sanjay Mishra, MD
First Published: 09/09/2011
Last Reviewed: 09/09/2011