Chronic Illness Support

Chronic illness or disease is defined as any long-term condition that can be managed but not cured. Often the causes are complex and can be life-threatening.

    Common chronic conditions include:

    • Diabetes
    • Cancer
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Stroke
    • Heart attack/coronary artery disease

    The more severe the illness, the greater the risk of depression becomes. The combination of chronic illness and depression requires treatment of both conditions at the same time. Qualified counselors are able to develop strategies for you to cope with your feelings. Emotional support from friends and family, setting goals and learning more about your feelings can be a great support.

      Dealing with chronic illness comes with many stressors including:

      • Learning to deal with the illness
      • Understanding and adjusting to treatment plans
      • Coping with lifestyle adjustments and how you feel about yourself
      • Managing with decreased mobility or functional impairment
      • Communicating your needs with healthcare professionals
      • Managing depression often associated with chronic illness
      • Avoiding social isolation

      For more information on living with and managing chronic illness, consult with your healthcare practitioner to build a treatment plan that provides the tools for living your life to its fullest.