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The Chronic Illness Workbook: Strategies And Solutions for Taking Back Your Life Paperback – September 1, 2007


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Most of all, Fennell celebrates your daily acts of bravery that lead you to a more authentic self. I must give it the highest recommendation I can give as a writer I wish that I'd written it myself! --Susan Milstrey Wells; author of A Delicate Balance: Living Successfully with Chronic Illness

Fennell cares for everyone's health: no matter who they are, whether or not they are experiencing chronic illness. That is the beauty of this book, it can be read and used by everyone. --Zhenyi Li, PhD; School of Communication & Culture, Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

A diagnosis of a chronic illness can be overwhelming. Patricia Fennell's workbook allows a 'bite-sized chunks' approach to regaining control, concentrating on the possible, celebrating small achievements and most of all being kind to yourself. --Jane Grose, PhD, MBA, RN, RMN; Research Fellow, Sustainability & Health, University of Plymouth, UK --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Patricia A. Fennell, MSW, LCSW-R, is an internationally recognized expert on chronic illness, focusing on how the experience of chronic syndromes and trauma influence the psychological, social, and physical experience of the patient and the family. She developed, researched and validated the Fennell Four Phase Model (FFPM) for understanding and treating chronic medical and mental health conditions, trauma, disability and the effects of crime. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Albany Health Management Publishing; 2 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979640709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979640704
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,805,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to recover not only from your symptoms, but also from the way society has treated you as a person with chronic illness, keep this book by your bed with a highlighting pen. You'll think Ms. Fennell has read your diary, and you'll know she's on your side.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Miryam E. Williamson on March 18, 2002
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Fennell's book certainly lives up to its subtitle: Strategies and Solutions for Taking Back Your Life. I recommend it to people I counsel who are newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or diabetes.
The book is written in a language accessible to lay readers, yet sufficiently well-researched to appeal to professionals and patient educators.
I am particularly impressed with the way it acknowledges that chronic illness occurs in a social environment, its effect extending beyond the individual. I've applied some of its precepts and suggestions in my own life.
The Chronic Illness Workbook is an excellent investment in enhancing the quality of your own life, or that of someone you care about.
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The Chronic Illness Workbook takes its readers on a journey of self-discovery, enabling them to overcome the challenges of chronic illness and learn how to live a life bursting with self-compassion and fulfillment...Ms. Fennell delves into every aspect of this subject and provides her readers with an in-depth, practical, self-explorative way to learn how to live a 'full new life'.
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Pat Fennell has succinctly addressed the problems faced by people with chronic illnesses and their providers...The [Four] Phase Model ties it all together! I will recommend it to colleagues and friends. A great tool in our treatment toolkit and an excellent aid to any patient who has a chronic illness.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Noel Rose, M.D., Ph.D. on April 11, 2002
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The Chronic Illness Workbook is a valuable contribution that will be welcomed by the many sufferers of chronic diseases. It is of the greatest importance that patients learn to cope with the problems that cannot be remedied. Pat Fennell's book provides an original and incisive approach to coping with chronic illness.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2002
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If you or someone you love has been recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, the first thing you should do is buy this book. The Chronic Illness Workbook is the first comprehensive guide to learning to live well with illness. It's like having a wise and caring friend along for your journey.
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