Everyone who has HAE is different and has different HAE attack triggers. I am affected by temperature and weather changes, and good and bad stress. Three changes that affect my HAE in the fall are:
- Back-to-school family excitement, anxieties, and scheduling
- Weather changes—especially when a cold-snap suddenly interrupts a mild fall day
- Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving weekend means my daughter’s birthday and Black Friday shopping thrown in with the holiday, so it’s all very busy. With all the cleaning, cooking, and visiting family and friends, it can be stressful—and it WEARS ME OUT! But it’s also wonderful, and I wouldn’t change any of it!
Knowing that so many things can and do trigger attacks for me, I try hard to stay positive and remain as calm as I can. It takes a lot of effort, I admit, but I know that I will not be able to manage all of the challenges that come my way if I don’t. Fortunately, I also have FIRAZYR® (icatibant injection) to treat my acute HAE attacks. FIRAZYR is a prescription medicine used to treat acute attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in adults 18 years of age and older. Using FIRAZYR helps, of course, but I have learned to listen to my body as well. I know that sometimes I just need to stop and rest. I can’t always do everything I want, and I know that I need to take care of myself.
It’s not always easy to put my needs first. I have learned over the years to just take a few moments to breathe, say a prayer, breathe some more… and just be. Granted, sometimes I need a good cry, but that’s it—I pick myself up and carry on. People often say to me, “How can you always be smiling and laughing?” Well, I do think that is just my nature. It’s so much easier to be happy than sad! Plus, I CHOOSE to be happy. Being sad or even angry for any length of time is not going to make my HAE go away, so I choose to make the best of things.
Do changes in routine or weather affect your HAE? Please leave a comment!
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