For anyone suffering any type of long-term illness or chronic condition, it can be easy to surrender to it and become part of what seems like a never ending, ill-fated destiny.
Getting into the vicious cycle becomes ever harder to get out of and you then start to become a passive bystander. This can be dangerous, where you somewhat just let life pass you by and not enjoy it to its fullest extent. It can be soul destroying for others who also turn to addictive, negative habits to numb out the pain or to help them forget, such as alcoholism or drug-use for example.
Coping with an illness can be hard physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, so the easy route appears to be those realms of self-destruction.
OR at the opposite end of the spectrum, where actually, you’re not participating in anything untoward, but just simply trudging along, surviving, but not living.