Saturday, August 29, 2015

Living Well with Chronic Illness

Living Well with Chronic Illness
By Joanna J. Charnas
Published by MSI Press,LLC, August 2015

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness is never easy; being told you have a disease which will affect you long-term - and possibly for the rest of your life  - can be a real body blow. This book is designed to help with the acceptance of such news and motivate you to make the very best use of the resources that are available in order to take the greatest possible care of your emotional and mental health as well as your physical health. It covers all sorts of topics, including protecting your close personal relationships and maintaining intimacy, accepting your new limitations in daily living  and finding new ways to have fun and enjoy life, as well as exploring complementary medicine to enhance mainstream medical treatments.

Many of the suggestions may seem obvious, but it is all too easy, when stressed, anxious and drained,  to forget how truly essential it is to stay well-hydrated and well-nourished, to get into a proper sleep pattern, to ask for help and to plan ahead to minimise the stress and difficulties that a really bad day can cause you. Family and friends need to be aware, to know how best to help and support you and it is an extremely good idea to join a support group for whichever illness you have, to find out how others manage to maintain their lives as normally as possible in the face of  sometimes very heavy odds indeed.

Although geared towards the American health and benefit systems, this book still has a great deal to offer readers in other countries too, and I found it to be an excellent little primer on living *with* your illness, rather than letting your illness control you.

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Unknown said...

Thank you for the lovely review. You captured the essence of my book perfectly. I hope it reaches your readers and helps improve their lives.
Best Wishes,
Joanna J. Charnas
Author, Living Well with Chronic Illness

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Hi Joanna,

I found your book extremely useful, as I have a chronic illness myself.
Thank you for writing it!