Acceptance of a life-changing health issue

Learn about a research project - Acceptance of Illness / Injury

What do we mean by acceptance of illness, whether it is chronic, a temporary serious illness or even a serious injury?

Learn about the acceptance of illness research project


Have you or a loved one experienced a challenging illness or injury, or the onset of a long-term condition which has been life changing for you in some way?

Perhaps you’ve found yourselves saying things like…

  • “You need to accept what has happened to move on.”
  • “I think I have to accept this for me to be happy again”
  • “Reaching acceptance is the first step…”
  • “How will I ever be useful again?”

In my experience, the concept of acceptance of illness or injury comes up repeatedly in the context of having one. And we all have very different, and sometimes opposing, views about it.

I’m curious about this and so have been talking to people like you to look at it in more depth during the pat four years.

My aim is to build a picture of what ‘acceptance of illness’ means to people, the stories people tell themselves, how it impacts their recovery journey, and what could support them on their Return to Wellness® journey. My intention is to share what I have learned with people like you, and with healthcare professionals. I want to help develop effective ways to bring ease to their Return to Wellness® journey for both the person affected, their carers, and their family.


Want to keep up to date on the outcomes of the acceptance of illness project?


If you are interested in learning more about the results from this acceptance of illness project, I invite you to join the Return to Wellness® community by signing up to its newsletter here. 

 You can also get in touch by emailing me at barbara (at) or completing the contact form below. I respond within 24-48 hours, maybe a bit longer if you email over the weekend. 

I look forward to you joining me. 


If you have any questions or want to get in touch for a chat, complete the contact form and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

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