Way back in 2017 when I was still in the midst of adapting to life with chronic illness, I was searching for some sort of psychological grief model to help me make sense of everything I was going through.
There was nothing out there that I could find that was helpful as most of them were trying to adapt the model that Dr Elizabeth Kübler-Ross created for patients trying to come to terms with terminal illness which didn’t fit my experience.
So, I decided to create my own and the result was my e-book “Moving through the Grief of Chronic illness.”
While I have always made my e-book freely available as a gift for joining my email community, I know that not everyone has the ability to read at the moment so this episode is an audio version just for you!
While listening it’s important to be aware that this is NOT a linear model. Not everyone will experience every single stage and it’s very normal to switch back and forth between stages as new health challenges arise.
It’s also important to understand that phases 8 and 9 are not the “end goal” of this model. Rather, they are emotional spaces that we experience at times as there are multiple layers of grief with chronic illness and acceptance is an ongoing process.
It is my hope that this helps you make sense of all of the complex emotions that you may be experiencing now with your chronic illness and most of all, that it helps you understand that what you are feeling is completely normal.
It’s not “all in your head.” The emotional issues of chronic illness are hard and ongoing.
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