Being diagnosed with a chronic condition – whether it’s diabetes or heart disease, emphysema or arthritis, asthma or any number of other conditions – can come as a shock. One day, you think you’re fine. The next, everything’s different. Now you have “a condition.” You’re going to have to make some changes, adjust your lifestyle. It’s going to take some getting used to. But as many have learned, it’s not all bad. Some good can actually come of this.