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Taking Charge: Overcoming the Challenges of Long-Term Illness Hardcover – March 8, 1994


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From Publishers Weekly

The authors estimate that there are currently some 53 million Americans afflicted with long-term illness, most commonly arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Psychiatric social worker Pollin's expressed goal is to enable these people to live constructively by addressing major fears that add to the distress of patients and their loved ones, such as stigma, dependency, abandonment and isolation. Writing with health journalist Golant, Pollin discusses these and other problems in the reassuring and practical voice of a wise friend, emphasizing the importance of both medical and non-medical resources like family and support groups. The authors urge the chronic sufferer to "integrate" the disease into their lives in the way most appropriate to their "coping style," somewhere along a continuum from "confronter" to "avoider." Each chapter ends with a list of homilies and things to do, summarizing the flexible approach of this perceptive, realistic guide. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Nearly everyone will be at one time or another affected by one (or more) chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart or lung disease. These two books offer ways to cope effectively with the psychological and physical demands long-term conditions place on us. In Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions , the authors present a self-management guide, suggesting practical living skills--such as nutrition, exercise, planning, and communication--that help give the chronically ill a renewed sense of control over their lives. In Taking Charge , a psychiatric social worker Pollin addresses the fears that come with a medical crisis: loss of control or of self-image, dependency, abandonment, stigma, anger, isolation , and death. His book is like an extended counseling session in a book. Separately or as companion volumes, both titles are recommended for popular health collections.
- Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1st edition (March 8, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812922581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812922585
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in counseling individuals coping with chronic illness, I have recommended this book to clients and to the public in my advertising. The book is worded in everyday language speaking to the reader. The content is to the point and not caught up in philosophy or jargon. It is well organized to not only validate a spectrum of emotional ractions but also to assist the reader to break an overwhelming experience into workable parts. The reader is respected as an already successfully coping adult who has been met with a crisis and needs support. Specific, useful coping suggestions are offered to the client. The book offers validation, a sense of direction, and hope of regaining control to the person or family confronted with a medical crisis.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Victor S. Alpher on May 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a person who has seen chronic illness from both sides of the physician's white coat, I highly recommend this book. This book will be useful not only to the afflicted, but also to those family and friends who must also cope with the "elephant" in the room--which begins to take up a larger and larger portion of the free space around the patient as time goes by, and as the physician(s) become more and more distant, letting you know that the are gradually withdrawing emotionally after the condition becomes one of those within medicine that, frankly, fill most of the charts on the walls of medical records offices.
It is much to easy to succumb to the incipient blaming that comes as you repeatedly seek assistance and find little relief, or, worse, manipulation and financial and emotinoal rip-off throughout the health care system. You know it isn't the people...but it gets harder and harder.
This book was first published in 1994, but is no less relevant today than then...and highly recommended. The subtitle: Overcoming the challenges of long-term illness....belies the secret greatest obstacle facing many patients in our "modern" society...how to achieve a sense of meaningful life in a society in which we are barraged with the illusion of youth, immortality, health-promotion with little scientific basis, and stereotypes of physical beauty.
I would like to see comparisons to those who are "treated" in health-care systems that approach chronicity differently...
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I have lived with fibromyalgia for nearly 17 years and led a related support group for nearly seven years. Ours is a condition directly impacted by the stress response, and I can honestly say that I have never read a more helpful book in terms of helping to reduce the distress and angst that so many of us "fibromites" live with every day. A tremendous resource!!
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By Janet Prokopowich on September 13, 2013
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i learned quite a bit from the book although I have not quite finished it. it was written in an easy manner to understand.
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