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Illness Information

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  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Disease
  • Lupus
  • ME/CFS
  • Mood disorders (Bipolar, Cyclothymic, and Depression)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD) ...
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Scleroderma
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Schizophrenia

Planning and Practical Resources

Spirituality and Growth

Literature and Film

The Children Act with Emma Thompson.  Movie (book by Ian McEwan):  A 17 year old Jehovah's Witness wants to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion.

Lynn Fuentes. Ph.D.  Author of the Koan of Illness approach. 

Jennifer Davis,   Licensed professional counselor.  Integral Coach.  See an interview with Jennifer here.

Amy Stenehjem, MD.  Health Consultant.

Literature and Film on Illness

Berne, Katrina.  Running on Empty
Bernhard, Toni.  How to Be Sick:  A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
Brownlee, Shannon.  Overtreated:  Why Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (economic book of the year in 2008).Chodrin, Pema.  When Things Fall Apart
Donohue, Paul J. Ph.D. and Mary E. Sigel Ph.D.  Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired:  Living with Invisible Chronic Illness

Dossey, Barbara. Nurse Coaching
Edwards, Laurie:  In the Kingdom of the Sick:  A Social History of Chronic Illness in America and Life Disrupted:   Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties
Feldman, Lynne.  Integral Healing
Fennell, Pat.  The Chronic Illness Workbook: Strategies and Solutions for Taking Back Your Life

Foster, Jeff.  Falling in Love with Where You Are.

Illness in Literature and Film

(a few suggestions – find your own and add to our list)

Books (fiction, autobiography)

  • Genova, Lisa. Still Alice
  • Blume, Judy. Deenie
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go
  • Michael Crichton. The Andromeda Strain.
  • King, Roger. Love and Fatigue in America
  • Bailey, Elisabeth Tova. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
  • Feldman, Lynn. Integral Healing.


  • Girl Interrupted (mental illness)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (institutions)
  • Philadelphia (AIDS – employment)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (AIDS, commerce),
  • Awakenings (Parkinson’s – medical treatment)
  • A Beautiful Mind (mental illness)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (mental illness)
  • Angels in America (AIDS politics)
  • Theory of Everything (Motor Neuron Disease or ALS),
  • Away from Her (Alzheimer’s)
  • Still Alice (Alzheimer’s) 
  • 50/50 (cancer and family and friends)
  • Why, Charlie Brown, Why?  (Janice has leukemia),
  • Elephant Man (neurofibromatosis)
  • Wit (cancer)
  • Dancer in the Dark (degenerative blindness)
  • My Left Foot (cerebral palsy)
  • Contagion (epidemic)
  • Terms of Endearment (cancer)
  • This is Where I Leave You (death)
  • Philadelphia (HIV/AIDS)
  • Breaking Bad (cancer)
  • Crazy Sexy Cancer
  • The Fountain (cancer)

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