Chronic Illness And The Life Cycle Essay

934 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
When reading chapter 23, Chronic Illness and the Life Cycle by John S. Rolland on page 430, the author discussed the dimension of time. This segment is located in the second column at the bottom of the page. The author elaborated on how timing of chronic illness becomes a complexity for families. Families are faced with the daunting task and “challenges of focusing simultaneously on the present and future while trying to master the practical and emotional task of the immediate situation” (Rolland, 2016, p. 430). The lives of family members take on new meaning, where family cohesiveness could be disrupted with emotional despair and dysfunctional adaption. Chronic illnesses in contrast can bring families together during these transitional times also. In reference to the complication of chronic illness, it is not the illness itself that bring the most difficulty for the family but the uncertainties of onset problems that follows and are unforeseen. On page 435, the author speaks on the uncertainty of chronic illness and disabilities—“the predictability of an illness and the degree of uncertainty about the specific way or rate at which it unfolds affects all the other variables” (Rolland, 2016, p. 435). For example, future planning, long-term adjustments and stability, treatments and it regimen, and appropriate care such as home, hospital, or clinic-based care. One must also consider the timing stages of the illness itself. Oftentimes, families are faced with the progression…

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