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Why It's Okay To Grieve Your Chronic Illness Diagnosis

Why It's Okay To Grieve Your Chronic Illness Diagnosis

One aspect of coping with chronic illness that gets very little attention is grief. The loss of health and function are often unavoidable. But with proper coping mechanisms and support, it is possible to use that diagnosis to start living the life you want on your own terms....

Make a Place for Your Chronic Illness

Make a Place for Your Chronic Illness

The fact is, if you're living with chronic illness you are courageous. In the process of meeting life's challenges, you have learned and are continuing to learn how to meet your fears and move beyond them....

Journey to Self-Care:  Behavior and Chronic Illness

Journey to Self-Care: Behavior and Chronic Illness

The journey to being in the practice of self-care is most effective when we define our values, learn new skills, and internalize behaviors and attitudes that support our best health. Beginning with the end in mind, results are easy to specify, such as weight loss, feel better, fewer sick days, reduce stress, and be healthier for example....

Living More Meaningfully With Chronic Illness

Living More Meaningfully With Chronic Illness

To be meaningful, we don't necessarily have to do wonderful things or accomplish spectacular goals. Most of the time, what we do is far less important than who we are. Our simple presence, our caring, our bodies, our minds all have value to the world....

Coping with the Stress of Chronic Illness

Coping with the Stress of Chronic Illness

Stress is a part of everyone's life whether they have a chronic illness or not. Stress happens when changes we are not in control of occur. Having a chronic illness only intensifies the situation....

Living with Chronic Pain

Living with Chronic Pain

Fifty million Americans have pain; chronic pain, lasting six months or longer and 25 million Americans experience short-term pain from injuries or surgeries annually. Women tend to experience daily pain, miss work because of pain and develop conditions that cause chronic pain. If you experience pain with your chronic illness, as most of us do, you may not always want to complain to your physician....

Do I Have to Feel Guilty When I Feel Okay?

Do I Have to Feel Guilty When I Feel Okay?

When we ache, oh, how we ache! But when we feel half-decent, then what? Do we sit at home and dread the moment in which the chronic pain returns? Or do we run out and catch up on a bit of life and have some fun while the going is good? This is the quandry of living with chronic illness....