Friday, May 9, 2014

What is Chronic Illness?

A chronic illness is defined as a condition that lasts for months or even years. Typically that condition limits activity and quality of life.

It is estimated that more than 120 million Americans have at least one chronic condition and many people deal with more than one condition at a time.

It's a scientific fact that stress is the main cause of illness. Long-term stress can create a chronic condition and sadly, chronic conditions lead to additional stress because of the added pressure of on-going  and sometimes costly medical care, interference with work and home life, physical ability, mental ability... the list goes on and on.

Why is chronic illness so ramped in our society? The simple answer is "stress."  Stress can be caused by any number of things such as low self-esteem, lack of joy in work and home life, feelings of lack of control. The list is endless. We live in an ever-changing environment and the pressure to keep up can sometimes be overwhelming. When life becomes unbalanced and stress isn't managed, it  takes its toll on our health.

All too often only the symptoms are treated allowing the underlying cause to continue to fester. Many conditions are said to have no cure, only treatment. But that isn't always the case. Discovering and treating the root cause through deep work with a certified health coach often results not only in an improved condition but to a complete recovery.  I know this to be true. I suffered from a nearly 10-year long battle with chronic illness and it wasn't until I discovered and resolved the underlying stresses that I began to recover. Now I guide others along the same path.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a chronic illness and has a strong desire to recover, please contact me for a free consultation.  There is hope! I and many others are living proof.
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
— Norman Cousins