Category: Chronic Illness & Disease Management

The problem of chronic pain: Don’t stop believin’

 
Because chronic pain is an “invisible” disability, one of the biggest challenges faced by patients with chronic pain is having their pain taken seriously and believed, both by health professionals and the general public. When medical tests reveal no identifiable organic cause for their pain, patients are told that they exaggerating or that the pain …[Read More]

9 ways to help a friend with breast cancer

People tell me they don’t know what to do or say when they hear that a friend has received a breast cancer diagnosis. They want to help, but they don’t want to be a bother. With that in mind, and in recognition of October of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I have complied a list …[Read More]

Lessons from the garden for your mental health

Much has been written about the mental health benefits of gardening and the way in which time outside can be amazingly restorative. Gardening can also serve as a metaphor for attending to mental health.  As spring approaches and as more opportunities for gardening bloom forth, consideration of the parallels can be interesting and enlightening.
Provide the …[Read More]

Managing the stress of chronic illness

Emotional pain, fear, and sadness are common in people dealing with a chronic illness. In fact, one of the reactions to being diagnosed with a chronic illness is an intense wish to “return to normal” – to once again enjoy that sense of well-being you felt when your body was healthy.
If your disease has no …[Read More]