3 Myths About Chronic Illness and Resilience

3 Myths About Chronic Illness and Resilience

In fictionalized accounts of chronic illness, the protagonist inevitably manages hardship with strength, humor and fabulous hair. She’s inspiring to those around her, providing an idealized example of grace under pressure. Audiences point to her in admiration, exclaiming, “That’s resilience!”

Sometimes, people living with chronic illness express shame that they are not more resilient. 

Well, yes. It’s resilience on steroids or maybe just… you know… an attractive and completely unrealistic story. It’s my experience that the day-to-day resilience exhibited by people living with chronic illness is a lot less flashy and a lot more gritty. This month’s column seeks to demystify the concept of resilience, taking it down from the movie screen and bringing it into real life…

12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette, including 10 children

Tropical Depression Claudette claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the southeastern U.S., causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes.

Ten people, including nine children, were killed Saturday in a fiery multi-vehicle crash about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Montgomery on Interstate 65, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock.

He said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on wet roads, with eight children, ages 4 to 17, killed in a van belonging to a youth ranch for abused or neglected children operated by the Alabama Sheriffs Association. Two people died in separate vehicle, Garlock told local news outlets — 29-year-old Cody Fox and his 9-month-old daughter, Ariana, both of Marion County, Tennessee…

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