The Psychological Stages of Chronic Illness

The Psychological Stages of Chronic Illness

I have talked a little bit about denial and grieving as it relates to my fibromyalgia diagnosis. This isn’t something I came up with on my own. It’s a thing that I first read about online.

Some people buy it; some people don’t. It makes sense to me, especially considering that the stages Jennifer Martin describes are not linear. Some people jump back and forth between the stages frequently.

*Raises Hand*


I made a little drawing of me with my trusty new walking cane to visually represent what the chronic illness grieving process looks like for me.

I’m climbing a mountain that was formed by all of the stages—some in larger quantities than others.

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