Apr 01, 2013 - 8:15 pm
Many here have mentioned that Cure magazine is free to survivors and caregivers. Excellent article this month on what they are calling adherence. I have called this compliance in the past, but I like the newer term.
I know many of the reasons why others don't adhere to medication regimens, because I have expeienced adverse effects myself. But I have always, always, approached my side effects as a puzzle to be solved and if I can't solve the problems the drug is causing, I do my darndest to manage the effects.
Of course, there are life threatening adverse effects--then we have no control, but so many more annoying side effects can be managed (somewhat).
When we had IV therapies only, there was often not much of a choice, but I am afraid that many see a pill as something less important to take regularly. Ultimately, we are adults and the choice is ours, but I encourage others to be as adherent as humanly possible. And I say this as I face a new and very scary drug (coming Thursday) that can have serious adverse effects. Praying that I can practice what I am preaching here!