Chronic Illness & Spirituality
I've lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for over 20 years. This incurable health condition has taught me that healing includes the whole person: body, mind and spirit.
Almost half the adults in the U.S. live with a chronic health condition. If that includes you, or you're a spiritual caregiver, healthcare professional or family caregiver, you will benefit from learning how to help people access spiritual resources, address spiritual struggles and make meaning of illness experiences in life-affirming ways.
Join me as I explore chronic illness
through two stories:
my journey with RA and
Dorothy's journey in The Wizard of Oz.
Dorothy is a person living with chronic illness, a person who lives between the worlds of wellness (Kansas) and illness (Oz). The Wicked Witch of the West is Dorothy's illness personified. Glinda represents Dorothy's spiritual orienting system. Dorothy's family, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion have much to teach us about spiritual struggles and spiritual coping. The Wizard and his alter ego, Professor Marvel, illustrate healing relationships.
Each chapter includes guidelines and exercises to help you facilitate healing for yourself or with people who live with long-term health conditions.
1 The Calm Before the Storm: Wellness in the Foreground
2 The Wicked Witch of the West: Illness & Meaning Making
3 The Yellow Brick Road: Losses & Grief on the Illness Journey
4 Scarecrow, Tin Man, & Lion: Spiritual Struggles & Spiritual Coping
5 The Wizard of Oz: Healers & Hope
6 Glinda & the Return to Kansas: Meaning Making & the New Normal