Mid-Week Balance: 27 February 2013

Hi all.  This week’s MWB roundup comes to you after Kansas City got slammed with back-to-back storms.  Down in my part of town, we got close to two feet.  Not quite a Northeastern blizzard, but a lot for the Midwest! Fortunately, the roads were clear enough to make it to the office today, and the power outage at my office was a brief one.  And I am so excited to bring you this week’s round-up of articles.  I have a few articles on eating disorders, in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week.  I also have a great collection of posts reflecting on the impact of illness on multiple aspects of coping.

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Eating disorders, just like other chronic health issues, never affect just the person living with the disorder.  They affect the families and friends of the patient who is struggling.  This poignant post from a mother does a great job of illustrating that point.

Jenn Sternecker does a lovely job of exploring how your own experience with an eating disorder might help you to be more aware of others around you who are struggling.

Living with Illness

In a similar vein to Jenn’s post, Riva Greenberg at A Sweet Life profiles several young diabetics who have turned their own challenges into an avenue to educate and support others.  Riva doesn’t pretend that diabetes is a “gift.”  She does explore how living with chronic illness may spur you to be more engaged with the suffering of others.

This post from Marie Ennis O’Connor hit home for me because it fit with a topic I have written about before–understanding when it is time to quit.  She shares her own journey (and the great quote that I used as today’s image) of deciding that there was something in her life that wasn’t bringing joy and connection.  In therapy-land, we call that setting boundaries, and it is a great skill to develop.

Lisa Bonchek Adams offers a retrospective of the many responses to cancer patients that don’t quite deliver on their intent to be supportive.  Posts like this can be a huge help to someone who feels unheard or disempowered by remarks that aren’t actually helpful.

A courageous anonymous poster on the Women with Cancer blog shared her own painful story of the challenges that her cancer diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing side effects have brought to her marriage.  Judging from the comments, this is an important and often untold story.

Toni Bernhard explores five of the major challenges that patients with serious and chronic illness face in their day-to-day lives.  I really appreciate this post because it is applicable to so many categories of patient.

That’s all I’ve got for you this week.  It is kind of a big list, but many of these posts are important, powerful, and profoundly validating.  I hope that you find some support and connection within them.  As always, please feel free to share your favorites in the comments.

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