Living with a Long-term Illness: The Facts

Paperback | April 15, 2006

byFrankie Campling, Michael Sharpe

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All long-term illnesses, whatever their diagnosis, have much in common. The difficulties and challenges that come with illness, and the strategies to overcome them, are shared by most patients. Managing an illness effectively and tackling the difficulties it causes can greatly improve how youfeel and your quality of life. This book identifies the challenges posed by illness and suggests a wide variety of ways in which you might meet them. Key to this is the idea of becoming expert in managing your own illness and learning how best to deal with it. The authors accept that you know more than them about how youexperience it, so that rather than telling you what to do, they offer a tool box from which you may pick the strategies that best suit you. The two authors, one a person with a long-term illness and one a doctor, combine their expertise and experience to offer a practical and comprehensive guide along your own unique journey. If you have a long-term illness, or if you care for someone who does, then this is a book for you.

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All long-term illnesses, whatever their diagnosis, have much in common. The difficulties and challenges that come with illness, and the strategies to overcome them, are shared by most patients. Managing an illness effectively and tackling the difficulties it causes can greatly improve how youfeel and your quality of life. This book id...

Frankie Campling suffers from a long-term illness. Michael Sharpe is a Professor of Psychological Medicine and Symptoms Research, School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 inPublished:April 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionSection I - Long-term Illness and You1. What is long-term (chronic) illness?2. Long-term illness as a journey3. Gathering information and becoming an expert patient4. Managing disease5. Managing illness6. Keeping going with a self-help programme7. Using complementary/alternative medicineSection II - Managing Physical/Biological Problems8. Managing fatigue9. Managing pain10. Using activity and exercise11. Improving your sleep12. Managing bladder and bowel problems13. Looking after your general health14. Eating wisely and wellSection III - Managing Emotional and Psychological Problems15. Setting goals for yourself16. Dealing with problems17. Building pleasure into your life18. Living with uncertainty19. Managing your thinking20. Managing your self-esteem21. Managing your emotions22. Managing severe anxiety, panic or depression23. Getting psychological helpSection IV - Managing Interpersonal Problems24. Relationships and communication25. Caring and being cared for26. Improving your personal relationships27. Your relationship with your doctorsSection V - Managing Practical Problems28. Improving your quality of life29. Getting practical and financial assistance30. Thinking about the futureSummaryAppendicesThe DISCERN instrumentFurther informationPapers from medical journals

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"This is a well-written and comprehensive self-help guide for anyone living with a long-term illness written by a former sufferer of chronic fatigue syndrome (FC) and a professor of psychological medicine and symptom research (MS)...it is packed with useful, practical, sensible information that must be of benefit to anyone with a long-term illness."--Roger Woodruff, Director of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia