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Getting Sick When You're Sick

Getting Sick When You're Sick

Not much about chronic illness surprises me anymore. But there is one thing that happens that always seems to catch me off guard. Getting sick....

Supporting A Spouse With Chronic Illness

Supporting A Spouse With Chronic Illness

In February of 2008, my husband, David, was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. We'd never heard of Psoriatic Arthritis until that day. I didn't even know how to pronounce it....

Why Support From Family and Friends Can Make A Difference

Why Support From Family and Friends Can Make A Difference

How much support do you receive from the people that matter most in your life? I have been blessed with a very supportive family and friends that may not always understand all aspects to being chronically ill, but accept me....

Growing Through Adversity

Growing Through Adversity

It's strange how we get used to living with challenges. We have to expect adversity in our lives. Especially if you have a chronic illness. But we can choose how we respond to it and can grow from it....

Becoming More Resilient In The Face Of Chronic Illness

Becoming More Resilient In The Face Of Chronic Illness

I've always wondered why some people seem to be able to bounce back more quickly from personal challenges, illnesses, disappointments, tragedies, etc. better than others. On the surface it seems that some people are just born...

An Unexpected Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

An Unexpected Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

I was an invulnerable 44 year old male with a strong career and seemingly everything under control. Then in October of 2006 I found out how little control I truly had. What I did have was an unexpected diagnosis of prostate cancer....

Letting Go Of The Life We Have Planned

Letting Go Of The Life We Have Planned

Sometimes that life isn't what we expect and coming to terms with the new reality of life with chronic illness is difficult and can be traumatic. I know it took me several years after my diagnosis before I found an inner acceptance...

How HealingWell Started

How HealingWell Started

I had just been diagnosed with a chronic illness a few weeks earlier and felt completely alone. My experience with medical tests, procedures, and getting shuffled from doctor to doctor was absolutely exhausting and terribly frustrating....