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Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center

Coping with a Chronic Illness

Coping with a chronic illness is challenging. When I got sick, it was as if a part of me was gone and never coming back. I have heard the process of coping with an illness compared to grieving a death. I thought this was stupid, until I looked at the stages:

 

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

 

It didn't take long to realize that these stages were the emotional states I experienced while coping with my illness.  

 

 

Denial, Anger, and Bargaining

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