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.

Edward Grinnan

Talking with Love and Understanding About Suicide

After a beloved wife’s decision, rejecting shame and embracing honesty

A woman opens her curtains to greet the day

Thriving Through Alzheimer's

Discover how these positive people are seeing the blessings of every day while living with this progressive neurologic disorder.

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Roberta Messner; video by Scott Goldsmith

How Gratitude Helps Roberta Messner Cope with Chronic Pain

Roberta Messner shares how the support and encouragement of others—and the gratitude it engendered—helped her cope with chronic pain.

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Rick Hamlin

Lessons from a Life-Saving Surgery

Through the turmoil of a week-long hospital stay, thoughts on suffering, trust and comfort.

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Cliff Shiepe; photo by Dan MacMedan

How to Make the Most of a Miracle

He gave God all the credit for his healing. Twelve years later, why was he sick again?

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Author Cliff Shiepe

Cliff Shiepe on Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Author Cliff Shiepe shares the lessons he's learned from health challenges he’s experienced since sharing his story with Guideposts in 2012.

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Marion Bond West

Rheu­matoid Arthritis: Letting Go of Her Denial Was the First Step

She tried to ignore her RA diagnosis, but God reached out to her through the people who cared for her.

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Tree growth three steps in nature with morning lighting.

5 Tips for Thriving While Living with a Chronic Illness

Covid-19 ‘Long Haulers’ can manage lingering effects of the virus by listening to their bodies, creating rituals and more.

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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?

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Musician and author Naomi Judd; photo by Harry Langdon

Guideposts Classics: Naomi Judd on Stepping Out in Faith

In this story from January 2003, musician and author Naomi Judd recalls how faith led her to a successful career and helped her cope with a hepatitis C diagnosis.

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.

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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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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 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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