The Very Different World of Chronic Illness

The Very Different World of Chronic Illness

From CFIDS- Self Help

Perhaps when you first became ill with CFS or fibromyalgia, you thought you had a short-term illness, but one that kept hanging on. At some point, however, you realized that you had entered a new realm. You were confronted by the fact that your illness was neither a temporary interruption of your life, nor a life threatening condition, but a third type of problem: an illness that lingered, but was neither self-limiting, nor fatal. Instead of resuming your previous life after a brief interruption or struggling with a terminal illness, you were faced with having to adjust to long-term symptoms and limitations.

Not only does chronic illness impose limits and bring symptoms that persist, it touches many parts of your life. It affects your ability to work, your relationships, your moods, your hopes and dreams for the future, and even your sense of who you are. Chronic illness is hard to manage because its effects are so comprehensive. Living with CFS or fibromyalgia means much more than managing symptoms.

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I think it helpful as an overview of useful attitudes toward chronic illness. Not for the newbie who may still be in denial or hopeful of a cure. But solid useful feedback and supportive acknowledgement of a compromised life shaping into a new empowered one.

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