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How would you like to be part of a research study?

Dear Readers, I am taking a bold new step and conducting a survey on people with chronic illnesses that are not easily treated or explained by medicine-as-usual. But I need your help! I’m conducting a survey regarding people with medically unexplained illnesses and how they cope with their illness and make use of their resources, […]

When Illness Defines Identity

When we have chronic illness, it is very easy to get consumed in what we can’t do and be. This comes to shape our identity and can even hamper our self-esteem. Unfortunately, diagnostic labels can come to define us if we don’t take active measures to prevent that from occurring. As a psychologist I see how […]

Going your own way with serious illness diagnoses

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A dear friend of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer and received a lot of pressure to go the traditional route of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Cancer is a pretty serious illness and has a lot of fear connected to it. Fortunately, he had some friends who were knowledgeable about alternative medicine and learned as […]

The right words at the right time… (What to say when a friend has chronic or serious illness)

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What do you want to hear when you’re facing a serious illness? Or even a chronic illness? I have seen from personal and professional experience that news of the diagnosis like cancer, AIDS, or other life-threatening illness leaves some of us speechless or awkwardly twisting in the wind trying to find the right words to […]