So I'm not looking for sympathy with this thread but more ideas on how to cope with a life long illness/disorder. I have a bicuspid aortic valve. For those of you that don't know what it means, when pumping out blood my aortic valve leaks some blood back into my left ventricle. Right now my valve isn't extremely bad but it has been labeled as a step 2 or moderate case, there is mild, moderate, and severe. This illness/disorder hasn't really limited me in life except for 2 major areas. 1 being that I can no longer go to the gym and work out as much as I once used to and 2nd was my future career. I was in ROTC training to join the army when I found out my heart had progressed from very very mild to moderate in a period of 4 months. This news meant I could no longer follow my lifelong dream of following the past 5 generations of my family by joining the military.
Now this disorder doesn't affect me much in my daily life but I have however found that somedays I will be very depressed when thinking of my inability to join the military and thinking about how fast my heart deteriorated.
Basically I'm just wondering if there are any other members on here that have to deal with diseases/illnesses/disorders like mine and how you guys cope with the depression that may come with it. Thanks guys.