Coping With Illness

Chronic illness may affect not just physical health but emotional health too. Fortunately, there are many resources available to those who live with illness. Knowing your limits, understanding your condition, and connecting with a support network are helpful techniques when coping with illness. A combination of practical techniques and learning from others' inspiring stories can ease the process of dealing with illness.

David Lyons

Faith Bolsters Him Against His Toughest Opponent: Multiple Sclerosis

God had been with him his whole life, in and out of the boxing ring. Could He help him cope with this devastating illness?

Candyce Norris

Her Son Helped Her Learn to Cope with COPD

She feared a COPD diagnosis was the end of an active life, but it was just the beginning.

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Leah Y. Latimer

Years of Chronic Pain Led Her to Trust in God's Grace

A rare and painful neurological disorder left her questioning her faith, but everything changed when she focused on helping others.

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Leah Latimer

How Faith Helps Her Cope with Chronic Pain

Leah Latimer offers advice on how faith, prayer and scripture can help you in dealing with a medical condition that brings chronic pain.

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1950s teens line up for the polio vaccine

His Son's Brave Battle to Recover from Polio Bolstered a Father's Faith

In this story from the October 1954 issue of Guideposts, a father writes a touching letter to his son.

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Roberta Messner

4 Tips for Overcoming Loneliness When You Have a Chronic Illness

A longtime nurse offers expert advice on how to avoid isolation by joining a support group, getting a pet and more.

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Walt Vosicka in his kayak workshop

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How a Kayak is Made

Walt Vosicka, 65, shares the spiritual practice of building his own kayaks and how it prepares him for the water. 

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Author Jonathan Merritt

The Prayer Practice That Helped Him Reconnect with God

Struggling with chronic pain, religion writer Jonathan Merritt regained his faith through prayer

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Author Jonathan Merritt

The Role of Faith in Coping with Chronic Pain

Author Jonathan Merritt shares how his experience with chronic pain first challenged his faith and then brought him closer to God.

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Jaeanne White-Grider

Ryan White's Brave Battle With AIDS

In a story that first appeared in the February 1994 issue of Guideposts, we remember the hemophiliac teenager’s amazing legacy. Plus an update from his mother.

Lori Schneider's Everest Triump: Healthy Fear

Lori Schneider's Everest Triump: Healthy Fear

Learn how healthy fear can keep you safe.

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Chef, host and restaurant owner, Sean does it all.

He Found Hope in His Effort to Cope with COPD

An active restaurateur in his early 50s struggled with his COPD diagnosis, but daily prayer, faith and meditation helped him manage life with the chronic lung disease.

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Sean Cummings serves a pair of happy customers at his restaurant

How This Busy Restaurateur Learned to Cope with COPD

Sean Cummings, a busy restaurateur in Oklahoma City, offers advice for remaining active and positive in the face of a chronic illness.

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Senior man is talking to his wife in the kitchen. He is drying dishes and the woman is dirnking tea.

Fall Prevention: Simple Steps to Improve Your Safety

By taking note of these precautions, you can help your loved one avoid the risk of falling.

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