Change Your Role, Change Your Health

I was a guest on Good Health Matters this morning discussing how social roles make living with chronic illness difficult. You can still listen to the show:

I had a great time talking about sociology's contribution to improving health and well-being.

I really love Verria's approach to chronic illness. She has a "Health Detective Starter Kit" for free on her website, The Good Health Coach. Living with chronic illness or disabilities can be difficult at first because the expectations you've depended upon no longer work. Figuring out what's wrong and what needs to be done is often a matter of sorting out the clues, just like a detective and then managing your life according to a new set of expectations.

While this seems overwhelming at first, the good news is that once the hard work is done, many of us feel empowered, not just in the sense of being well, but in the sense of really understanding our bodies and our selves. My personal experience with chronic illness and disability has been one of discovery and growth as well as struggle and challenges. I would have loved to learn the same lessons without all the pain and limitations, but I am grateful for the gifts of these discoveries nonetheless.


Peggy Elam, Ph.D. said...

Great interview, Pattie!

Pattie said...

Thank you.

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