Here is a comprehensive long-term coping model that readers can use to navigate the physical, psychological, and social impact of their illnesses. Readers begin by learning how to recognize the crucial differences between acute illness and chronic illness and by coming to terms with trauma and cultural stigmatization associated with chronic illnesses. They go on to learn strategies and skills to help them improve their day-to-day lives, involve family and friends and develop more effective relationships with health-care providers, and integrate the experience of their illness into a positive new life, rather than hopelessly pursue an unattainable cure.
-from the publisher's website
About the Author:
Patricia Fennell, M.S.W., C.S.W.-R., is the President and CEO of Albany Health Management and senior clinical consultant for Capitol Regions Sleep/Wake Disorders Center at St. Peter's Hospital. She lives in Albany, New York.