By Paige Wyant in The Mighty.
When many people hear the word “grief,” what often comes to mind are the complex emotions a person experiences in the wake of a loved one’s death. Though this is certainly an accurate representation of grief, it is by no means the only one. Grief is much more pervasive and can result from more than 40 different life events, including personal injury or illness.
For many in the chronic illness community, grief is no stranger. The Grief Recovery Method defines grief as “the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior,” and when you’ve been diagnosed with a condition that changes the course of your everyday life, it is only natural to feel conflicted about all the changes to your routine, abilities and dreams – changes you don’t exactly have much control over.
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