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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

5 Tools to Cope With Invisible Illness


You may be surprised to hear that nearly one in two Americans has a chronic illness or physical condition that affects their daily life.* The range of diseases include everything from back pain to fibromyalgia, arthritis to cancer and migraines to diabetes. Oftentimes, one of the largest emotional stumbling blocks for people who suffer from illness is the invisibility of the pain.

About 96 percent of illness is invisible. This means that the person who suffers from the chronic condition shows no outward signs of physical pain or disability, nor does he or she use an assistive device like a walker or wheelchair. But the incredible pain each day can be disabling within the confines of the home.

If you have an invisible illness here are five tools to help let go of some of the frustrations:

[1] Let go of expectations.
[2] Find supportive friends.
[3] Search for the joy in your blessings.
[4] Use your talents and skills for things you care about.
[5] Encourage someone else.    

Continue Learning:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-copen/living-with-invisible-illness_b_937234.html

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