Body, Self, and Story in Chronic Illness
Many of you are living with a chronic illness. If you are young, it’s likely to be depression or anxiety, or maybe cystic fibrosis or asthma or type 1 diabetes.
If you are older, it may be hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or arthritis.
The doctor says it’s incurable, that you have to live with it the rest of your life.
You can live with the physical pain and inconvenience of daily regimens and clinic visits, but there is a deeper source of anxiety and suffering that the doctors and pills and procedures don’t seem to deal with at all.