A Book on Living with Chronic Illness

I am taking a Zoom workshop on how to live with a chronic health problem, and Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, the 5th edition, is the manual they are using. From what both the book authors and the Zoom workshop facilitators say, the strategies for dealing with chronic illness are the same regardless if it is a physical or mental illness, or both. If you live in Alberta Canada, you can take this Zoom workshop for free – phone 403-943-2584, or register online.

I highly recommend the book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions for those with chronic conditions. This book is very much adapted to people who have chronic health challenges, and lack the stamina that “healthy people” have. A clear example of this to me are the kinds of exercises they suggest. (Note: Please take my word “healthy people” in perspective. According to the Baha’i writings, humanity is sick right now)

They have many resources and weblinks online here: www.bullpub.com/resources. This book is the basis of workshops across the world, and you can search for workshops near you. Their website doesn’t seem to list “ALL” workshops given since their website doesn’t list the workshop I am taking. If you are interested in taking this workshop, and you don’t find a workshop near you, I would suggest contacting your local health authority, hospital or doctor. The Self-Management Resource Center is the parent organization for these workshops.

I reproduced a table from the book, contrasting acute and chronic illness. This table helped me understand much better the parameters of my challenges. It was also the first time I had heard or read this explanation before, despite seeing therapists since the 1990’s.

Acute DiseaseChronic Disease
BeginningUsually rapidSlow
CauseUsually one, identifiableOften uncertain, especially early on
DurationShortUsually for life
DiagnosisCommonly accurateSometimes difficult
TestsGive good answersOften of limited value
Role of professionalSelect and conduct treatmentTeacher and partner
Role of patientTo follow ordersPartner of health professionals, responsible for daily management

Here are a couple of webpages contrasting the differences between acute and chronic illness:

Here is the table of contents for this book:

1 Overview of Self-Management

2 Becoming an Active Self-Manager

3 Finding Resources

4 Understanding and Managing Common Symptoms

5 Using Your Mind to Manage Symptoms

6 Exercise and Physical Activity for Every Body

7 Exercising for Flexibility, Strength, and Balance: Making Life Easier

8 Exercising for Endurance: Aerobic Activities

9 Communicating with Family, Friends, and Health Care Professionals

10 Sex and Intimacy

11 Healthy Eating

12 Healthy Weight Management

13 Managing Your Medicines

14 Making Treatment Decisions

15 Managing Chronic Lung Disease

16 Managing Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Stroke

17 Managing Chronic Arthritis and Osteoporosis

18 Managing Diabetes

19 Planning for the Future: Fears and Reality

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