Carline M. Napolitano, LCSW- Psychotherapist - "what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"

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Tending to social, emotional, financial, occupational, recreational issues.
Healing and Dealing-Living with a Chronic Illness


Acceptance, life transitions, aging, baby boomers, type II diabetes,
Chronic illness
Coping with a chronic illness
Psychosocial issues living with a chronic condition
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Nature teaches acceptance.
Before I discuss complimentary treatments, a very important aspect of living with a chronic condition, experiencing life transitions, aging or just living with challenges, is the concept ofacceptance. Take a moment and write down the wordacceptance on a piece of paper. Without much thought, jot down what comes to your mind around the word acceptance. Really free associate and have fun with this. It is between you and you!
Now notice what you came up with; did the words fear creep in or giving up?

Tending to social, emotional, financial, occupational, recreational issues.

PossibilitiesMedically managing a chronic illness or condition is the first and most important aspect in one's care. Being a partner with your health care provider offers both of you an opportunity to address your medical needs in the most efficient manner. Tending to the medical issues does not preclude addressing, psychological, social, spiritual, occupational,financial and recreational issues. Tending to the medical aspects do not automatically address all or some of these other emerging facets of living with a chronic condition.

Healing and Dealing-Living with a Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness presents numerous challenges. Often it shakes a person to their core. How an individual deals with a chronic illness depends upon many variables. Variables such as; social, emotional and financial support, age of onset, prognosis, is the illness degenerative in nature, past and present coping skills, family values and culture, employment options to name a few.
A diagnosis of a chronic illness brings loss. Not only loss in the present, but often anticipated loss.
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