Every seriously ill person needs to develop a style for their illness


In preparation for an upcoming presentation on the value of stories in medicine, I’ve been doing lots of reading. I came across this quote from writer, Anatole Broyard, literary critic and editor for The New York Times, quoted in his book Intoxicated By My Illness, which he wrote during the final months of his life after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Every seriously ill person needs to develop a style for his illness

I’ve been thinking a lot about it and how important it is when serious illness takes so much from us to be able to reclaim ownership over our disease and our lives. I have the privilege each week when I put together the round-up of blogs of seeing a wide variety of styles. From the curmudgeonly to the sarcastic, from the faith-filled to the vocal activist – each style uniquely and individually you.

So my question today is, what is your particular style of dealing with your illness? Is it something that came naturally to you, or was it something you had to work to develop? How has that style helped you cope on a day-to-day basis.

I can’t wait to read your responses!