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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....

A Spiritual Approach to Holiday Blues

A Spiritual Approach to Holiday Blues

For almost everyone, the holidays create mixed, contradictory and ambivalent reactions. Many of us experience some degree of distress -- from low-level tension or irritability to sadness and depression. The most central issue in "holiday blues" is our internal expectations of what should be, but is not. This usually revolves around family and relationships....

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...

Getting Self-Help Online

Getting Self-Help Online

Nearly 15 years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. I went online and was surprised by the lack of an outlet in which ordinary people like me could share information or find an empathetic ear....

You and Your Doctor: It Takes Two to Tango

You and Your Doctor: It Takes Two to Tango

Your medical care is a two way street. In a good doctor patient relationship, you and your physician are accountable to one other. You have a right to good healthcare -- and you have a responsibility to get it. Distinguish yourself in the all too familiar world of impersonal healthcare and learn how to be your own best advocate....

The Benefits of Pets and Healing

The Benefits of Pets and Healing

Dogs, cats, fish, birds and other pets have long been incredible companions for their owners. One of their most outstanding characteristics is the unconditional love they offer to us. For any of you who have ever owned a pet, you know the benefits of having these loving beings in your life....

Living With Chronic Illness Builds Courage

Living With Chronic Illness Builds Courage

It takes time to understand your illness, the treatment options available, and how living with illness will affect your life and the lives of your partner and family....

Five Simple Words to Keep Chronic Illness at Bay

Five Simple Words to Keep Chronic Illness at Bay

When I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome seven years ago, my illness began to consume my thoughts and time. Questions included: What will I do? How will I manage? Who will take care of me?...