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What meaning does chronic illness have for you?

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Sometimes when people get a diagnosis of a chronic illness, the thoughts that they have about it make the illness worse and they suffer more. There is an implied stigma, or socially agreed-upon construct, that includes pity, shame, struggle, and a lousy future. If we have chronic illness, we can adopt this construct and internalize […]

Rethink your Drink

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Summertime brings with it beautiful, warm weather. It’s my favorite season because of the sunshine, clear skies and the freedom to do what you want more. However, with that warmer weather comes sweat and sometimes dehydration. People’s activity levels sometimes go up in the summer–playing sports, swimming, dancing, etc. This is a great way to […]

When You’re Discouraged…

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Having a chronic illness or chronic pain has its fair share of disappointing occurrences in life. You may feel discouraged from time to time, and it may be the only obvious choice to you at such times. You may think that you doing really well and then have a relapse of illness, and injury, or something else […]

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 […]

Empowerment and Choice

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As a health coach, I see my job as facilitating your empowerment by reminding you that you have choices about what you do about your health. Health coaching helps you develop carry out and maintain behaviors to help you be healthy happy and fulfilled. Behaviors arise from beliefs, whether we are conscious of them. Beliefs […]

“Tough it out” — Do We Always Need to be “Strong”?

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We often have a spirit of independence in our country, and of rugged individualism that says we should be able to face all over life challenges by ourselves. However sometimes we face things that are bigger than us and that others’ assistance. How many times have you heard someone tell old boy who’s crying, “boys don’t […]

Helping Professionals Need Help, Too!

Have you ever wondered how your physician stays healthy, or how your psychotherapist maintains equanimity in the face of stress? We often take for granted that our health care providers maintain wellness in some mysteriously superior way, thus enabling them to take care of us. However, we are all human beings, and we all need […]

What can a health coach do for chronic illness?

Just as we think of people who use health or wellness coaches as wanting help with losing weight or developing healthier habits, we might assume that these people don’t have other health concerns that challenge their quality of life as well. Chronic illness affects 117 million people in the United States (as of 2012; see http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm). Some […]