Chronic Illness Articles

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....

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...

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....

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....

Is a Clinical Trial Right for Me?

Is a Clinical Trial Right for Me?

Patients take part in clinical trials for many reasons. While the treatment that you receive may offer you the best outcome, it is important to evaluate all of your options before you decide that clinical trial is right for you. Here are some things to consider:...

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....