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.
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.

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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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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Kate at home with her husband, Toban, and their son Zach.

Living With Incurable Cancer

As a lifelong Christian diagnosed with cancer, she almost assumed God owed her a cure. Instead, she reached a different understanding.

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Lisa Shaver with Pistol

A Horse Named Pistol Helped Her Heal

An incurable condition known as RSD had left her unable to do the thing she loved most in life: Ride a horse. But a quarter horse with its own health issues proved a perfect match.

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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. 

A woman consults with her doctor

10 Tips for Talking to Your Doctor About Pain

Dr. Payam Hakimi, a physician who practices integrative medicine, offers advice for talking to your doctor about chronic pain.

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Actress Glenn Close on the red carpet.

Do You Know Someone Living with Mental Illness?

In this 2010 Guideposts story, actress Glenn Close shares what it’s like having a loved one who has bi-polar disorder and explains why we need to destigmatize mental illness.

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Scott Hamilton on the TODAY Show

Olympian Scott Hamilton Wants You to 'Finish First'

Figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton shares valuable life lessons he's learned on and off the ice in his new book. 

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Caregiving

Caregiving—Faith in Action

Our faith comes alive when we express love to people in times of need.

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