The loss of ‘self’ in chronic illness is what really hurts

I am a huge admirer of Carolyn’s writing and work. She has long been a beacon of light in the blogosphere for me. Here is her latest blog post on the loss of self in chronic illness. I feel sure you will identify with this.

Heart Sisters

by Carolyn Thomas    @HeartSisters

People living with chronic illness already know that the triple whammy of ongoing physical symptoms, psychological distress and the discomfort of medical procedures can cause us to suffer. But when California sociologist Dr. Kathy Charmaz studied chronic illness, she identified an element of suffering that is often ignored by health care providers.(1)

As she explained in research published in the journal Sociology of Health & Illness, a narrow medicalized view of sufferingthat’s defined as physical symptoms only ignores or minimizes the broader significance of suffering in a way that may resonate with you if you too live with a chronic illness like heart disease:

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