Whether you have just been diagnosed with a chronic illness or are facing difficult challenges associated with the chronic illness, you know how emotionally and physically challenging this time may be. Chronic illness presents challenges that may make you feel angry, sad, anxious, frustrated, ashamed, afraid, hopeless, inadequate, and sometimes helpless. These emotions vary from person to person and are unique based on the individual and support system.
Chronic illness impacts the way you live and feel from day to day. Whether you are an individual with a chronic illness or a parent/family member of an individual with chronic illness, it can be helpful to gain support from a professional counselor that can understand your experience. Counselors can work with friends, family, and the person going through it and help you learn coping skills to help you refocus your lives, understand limitations, process the stages of grief and loss, and find a positive perspective on their life.