I often talk to clients about the importance of sitting down with family members or other loved ones and sharing a meal together. It is an opportunity to bond, to share thoughts and feelings, so support each other. A really important part of your emotional self-care. Here’s a link to an article I wrote recently: […]

How do I make friends? It’s a question I hear often. Having a solid support system is important when you’re living with a chronic condition. Making friends takes some work. If you are looking to expand your support network, I hope you will take a look at my article on finding friends.

Being recently diagnosed with a chronic condition can take a hit on your self-confidence.  And so can living with a chronic condition over time.  And what is one of the areas in life where you most want to feel, and show, how confident you are?  Most likely, your job.  After all, our careers one of […]

Joy! Joy! Joy?   The holidays can be difficult when you are living with a chronic condition.  I sure don’t need to tell you that.  And it can be all too easy to fall into kind of a negative attitude about the holidays.  Joy?  Are you kidding?  Here’s a link to an article that might […]

My clients have often told me that they stay in relationships that aren’t going anywhere at least in part as a result of their chronic condition. They may feel like they can’t do any better because of their health situation, so they may as well try to make it work. Have you ever felt that […]

All kids want to achieve an age-appropriate level of independence from their parents. That can be hard for parents under the best of circumstances. When a child is living with a chronic condition, helping a child become independent can be a challenge. Why? Because it’s hard for parents to not want to hover around their […]

It’s only human to have days when you just feel negative.  But all that negativity can have a negative impact on your relationship.  It’s not a great foundation for harmony and communication, and lead to stress and conflict.  Here’s help:  

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 […]

When you’re feeling disappointed by your partner, or angry about something, it is only human nature to want to withhold from them.  It can sure feel justified in the moment.  But withholding can drive a wedge between you and your partner.  Read more in my Chronic Communication at Home article:

Finding out a boss you have been working well with is leaving is hard news to hear.  It’s even harder if you are living with a chronic condition, and you have had open communication with your boss, and they have been supportive.  Here’s how to cope: