Essay on Is Chronicity Within A Family?

1877 Words Nov 16th, 2016 8 Pages
Many families in Canada and around the world live with a person who has one or more chronic condition. Chronic conditions can include illnesses such as Cancer or Diabetes; conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s disease; and mental health issues like depression or schizophrenia. No matter what the variation is, any kind of chronic condition can have detrimental effects on families. This paper will explore the concept of chronicity within a family, focusing on the negative effects that it can have but also highlighting resilience and strength of spirit as well.
Through the months of September and October I had two meetings with a local woman, AA and her two sons and one meeting with just her and I, to learn about how her chronic condition affects their family life. When we first spoke to arrange our meetings, we had decided to focus on her experience with Asthma. As our first visit progressed, I realized that her struggles with mental health seem to have a much bigger effect on her life and family. AA has lived with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem for her entire life. She never lived with her father and was mistreated by her mother until moving in full time with her grandmother at the age of twelve. As shown in the Genogram, AA’s mother has an undiagnosed mental illness; this is speculation on AA’s part because she always assumed that her mother was suffering from something, which could have lead to the mistreatment of her daughter.
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