Living with Chronic Illness

Chronic illness from a partner’s perspective

When you’re in a relationship and you have a chronic illness you’re not in it alone. Your partner might not experience the symptoms but they’re living it with you day-in day-out. I recently came across a piece of research by Golics et al (2013) exploring the impact of patients’ chronic disease on family quality of life. Interviews… Read More Chronic illness from a partner’s perspective

Living with Chronic Illness

Redefining wellness for the chronic illness community

What does wellness mean to you? Should we – the chronic illness community – be redefining wellness? Google ‘wellness’ and you’ll find countless definitions, centring mainly around positive well-being. This goes beyond physical health to encompass well-being in many dimensions of a person’s life, ie mentally, socially, spiritually, and so on. It can also be… Read More Redefining wellness for the chronic illness community

Living with Chronic Illness

5 types of people you’ll encounter if you have a chronic illness

We have probably all put people into categories… ‘the quiet one’, ‘the sporty one’, ‘the funny one’. But since I’ve experienced chronic illness I have started to categorise people differently. Here are 5 people you’ll meet if you have a chronic illness too. 1. The expert This person knows someone with your diagnosis, or knows… Read More 5 types of people you’ll encounter if you have a chronic illness