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Being Well with Chronic Illness is a self-help guide for those with chronic illnesses looking to find a better path to wellness.
More than 40% of the US population are affected by chronic diseases. Being Well with Chronic Illness is a guide book for every single one of those people suffering with chronic illness looking to live full lives characterized by joy, resilience, and wellness.
Receiving a diagnosis of terminal illness is a turning point in a person’s life where everything they’ve ever known is suddenly turned on its head. Negative emotions like anxiety, depression, anger and uncertainty are ever-present, while the way forward back to health and wellness seems full of twists and turns. This is because the path to wellness—and away from wellness—is a spiral.
Being Well with Chronic Illness introduces the simple, but powerful concept of the Wellness Spiral, an actionable pathway anyone can follow to turn bad life events to opportunities for growth and wellness. The intricacies of the Wellness Spiral lay out a road map to how we respond to life’s harshest challenges—and how we can rise above them.
You can reclaim wellness through intention and self-discovery. Being Well with Chronic Illness charts the course for a journey that supports finding hope and wholeness after an unexpected diagnosis. This book is for anyone who is at a crossroads and wants to find ways to build resilience.
About the Author
Kat Hill has a degree in Public Health, Nursing and Midwifery. She has worked as an educator and nurse, but after her diagnosis of young onset Parkinson's Disease, she has devoted her time as an advocate for persons with chronic illnesses. She is currently an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation and sits on the patient advisory committee for the World Parkinson Coalition. She spoke at the World Parkinson's Congress in Kyoto, Japan in 2019. She has a podcast, PD Lemonade, that focuses on wellness and resilience. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband.
Nancy Peate writes and speaks about wellness and how to live one’s best life despite chronic illness. A research librarian by profession, research topics of most interest include resilience and chronic illness, particularly Parkinson’s disease. She has participated and volunteered for the Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon, the Davis Phinney Foundation, and the World Parkinson Coalition. She spoke at the World Parkinson's Congress in Kyoto, Japan in 2019 and hosts a monthly Parkinson's support group. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband.
“Anyone pursuing a better quality of life while they or a loved one are facing chronic illness must read this book. Being Well with Chronic Illness is a beacon of hope for those experiencing unthinkable challenges.”
—Kimberly Berg, MS, ACSM, Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) and Owner of the Rebel Fit Club
“Kat and Nancy have written a fabulous guide to help navigate not only the grief process with an initial chronic illness diagnosis, but also the turning point of taking control and starting your next chapter with concrete applications.”
—JJ Flentke, PT, MPH, DPT, CEEAA
“I will keep Being Well with Chronic Illness on my bookshelf and recommend it to other professionals and all people who are looking for an inspiring tool to help them live life fully and healthfully.”
—Debi VanderMey Barr, MS, RDN
“With personal stories and lots of solid evidence, Being Well with Chronic Illness lights a clear path forward into a life of intentional wellness and engagement in the world while living with a degenerative disease. This book will serve as a kind and wise companion to anyone finding their way with an unexpected diagnosis.”
—Deah Baird, ND, LPC
“Being Well with Chronic Illness offers a roadmap to finding strength, humor and community, even as you wrestle with the physical and mental challenges of disease.”
—Katie Whitney Luers, RN, BSN, MSEd.
“With warmth, intelligence, and insight, Kat Hill and Nancy Peate have written an essential book for anyone grappling with a chronic illness. In fact, Being Well with Chronic Illness has much to offer any of us finding our way through the life-changing events so frequently presented to us humans.”
—Katrina I. Gould, MSW, LCSW, psychotherapist and Reflective Meditation Mentor
"Exceptionally well written, impressively informative, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in both organization and presentation."
—Midwest Book Review