A client who was finding himself annoyed with the bureaucracy at his job asked himself: How am I going to do this? Being more aware of what’s really important in life is the gift that my chronic condition has given me. I don’t want to lose that perspective because it’s a key to my emotional wellness. But how do I do that and also not rebel against those daily annoyances that seem like needless bureaucracy but are part of functioning in an organization? Here’s what we came up with:
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Q: I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am really trying to face up to this condition and maintain my independence. But there are days when I know I need help. My family is telling me that I am being stubborn when all I am trying to do is be a Fighter. When is it time to ask for help?
A: Fighters may have a reputation as the ideal role models but they aren’t always good at seeking out support unless someone shows them how much worse things will be if they don’t.
Fighters often view themselves as so in control of their situation that they can handle every...