This is the final installment of this series. I hope you have started to understand who I am, and why I do what I do.
I promised, and now I deliver. First, let’s set some definitions:
“Disease, then, is something an organ has; illness is something a man has.” – Eric J. Cassell, 1978
If either is long term (lasting longer than 3 months), and cannot be prevented by a vaccine or cured with medication, and don’t disappear, they are considered chronic.
Some common chronic diseases are: Conditions related to tobacco use (COPD, emphysema, etc.), Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementias, Arthritis, Cancer, Asthma, Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, HIV/AIDS, Arthritis, Heart Disease … and the list grows on and on.
Some of these are also illnesses as related to a disease!
A disease has a medical classification and may last up to 3 months, or longer than 3 months (and considered chronic). A doctor diagnoses a disease.
A chronic illness is living with an affliction that can accompany disease and can even after the disease has been medically treated.Tweet
The National Institute of Health describes it best for me: “Chronic disease is defined on the basis of the biomedical disease … Chronic illness is the personal experience of living with the affliction that often accompanies chronic disease”.
I have the following diseases: T2diabetes, status-post treated Lyme disease, arthritis, status-post treated Epstein Barr virus, asthma, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis.
Therefore, I experience the following chronic illnesses: chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia/pain, dry skin, dry eyes, dry mouth, loss of mobility, loss of flexibility, brain fog (CFS/ME), light and sound sensitivity, skin sensitivity, wheezing/coughing/chest pain, debilitating fatigue (not tiredness), disrupted sleep (and apnea).
I help women with chronic illness by helping them to live good/better/best with the illnesses. I use several modalities and processes and systems to help women define success in their new normal with chronic illness by balancing the mind with the body and the spirit.