All chronic illnesses have very similar effects on people – debilitating, demoralising, and for some devastating. They always affect the quality of life. Some chronic illnesses cause pain, fatigue, reduce mobility, and generate other difficulties Simple chores around the house or doing the school run become major tasks to be defeated. It can make it so hard to get through the day.
For many people their chronic illness causes major problems with intimacy and relationships. For some it can be very hard coming to terms with their diagnosis and sense of grief develops for loss of life the way it used to be.
A chronic illness is one that lasts longer than 3 months and has a long term effect on health and wellbeing.
Included in this area are:
- Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
- Fibromyalgia/Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Heart disease
- Chronic Stress/Burnout
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Celiac disease
- Immune dysfunction syndrome
- Chronic Respiratory Diseases
- Coronary heart disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
There are many more could be added to this list
Terminal illnesses are those that give a person the expectancy for life of around six months or less. Some people realise their health is deteriorating, often over a long period of time. Eventually they seek medical help and are diagnosed with one of the terminal illnesses. Usually this is a huge shock, especially when they are told they cannot be cured.
People usually go through at most, if not all, of the 5 stages of coming to terms with death or dying from terminal illnesses.
These stages are:
This is not a fixed order – people can experience them in any order. They can be long or short and of differing intensities. There is a huge a range of other emotions as-well-as the big five.
One of the other emotions is grief. But there is research eveidence that shows many people do not go through grief. These people appear to have an innate resiliance so grief is irrelevant to them.
*Richard Wain makes no claims that any of illnesses/diseases listed or any others can be cured using the Flourish Programme or any other system that he uses.
He will never suggest in any way that he is a replacement for medical doctors or other heath practitioner. He will never suggest or condone you not taking any prescribed medication. This is to be the sole responsibility between you and your GP or other medical practitioner.