Arthritis doesn’t have to rob people of the pleasures of life. Nor does diabetes, heart disease or asthma. Many long-term chronic illnesses can be managed so that people can still live rich and satisfying lives.
Most of us can learn the skills to make a chronic illness easier to live with so that we minimize disability, pain and emotional distress, according to “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” (Bull, 2012), written by six experts in chronic disease management. The authors take a realistic view: “You will not find any miracles or cures in these pages,” they write. “Rather, you will find hundreds of tips and ideas to make your life easier.”