Reclaim your relationships after a serious illness or injury blog archive
These are all the blogs which contain helpful hints, coaching techniques and advice to help you reclaim your relationships after a serious illness or injury has entered your or a loved one’s life. Your relationships are important. When you have a supportive network in place, those people can help you get through the difficult moments with more ease. Read on to learn how to manage the impact of your own or a loved one’s health issues on your relationships.
Reclaim your relationships
These blogs focus on how to proactively reclaim your relationships.
- Make sense of and manage change in your relationships with family, friends and/or work colleagues
- Stay socially active
- Balance the roles of spouse/partner and carer
- Redefining your relationships with your children, siblings, and/or parents
- Get out of unhealthy relationships
- Get into healthy relationships
- Respond to people’s reactions to your or your loved one’s health issue
You may find some of these blogs in the other categories too.
There was so much I wish I knew about being a carer before I became one. It might have taken the edge off the anxiety I was feeling about my other half’s medical conditions, his recovery, how much ongoing hands on support he would need, what changes it might mean for...read more
Last week I wrote about how the unconscious biases and assumptions around illness, injury, recovery, disability and health you hold tend to become more visible when you have to deal with these issues. They test that ‘in sickness and in health’ vow in a committed...read more
The unconscious biases and assumptions around illness, injury, recovery, disability and health you hold tend to become more visible when you have to deal with these issues. They can test the ‘in sickness and in health’ vow in a committed relationship. To the point the...read more
A life-changing serious illness or injury can test the wedding vow “in sickness and in health” and hence your relationship on many levels. If you chose the marriage route and/or if this was a vow in your ceremony. Regardless, it is commonly accepted that however you...read more
Managing expectations at work after illness or injury is so important in ensuring your return to work is a good enough transition. And linked to this is what you tell people. You may be wondering what to say to people, if anything, about what happened to you. You may...read more
Dependency on the NHS can (unintentionally) be fostered at the start of the patient journey. How? you may ask. By providing little information about a patient’s diagnosis and prognosis to them at the point of diagnosis and only providing it verbally. And communicating...read more
This week I continue the theme of recovery in the context of illness focusing on how to respond to people when they ask questions or make comments. In this recovery series, I initially focused on the assumptions which lace the recovery process due to society’s...read more
This blog has been inspired by several individuals I've recently spoke with regarding the impact of their illness/condition on themselves, their mothers and acceptance (or not) of the situation. This is their story, the story of a daughter to her mum. It can equally...read more
My last post was supposed to be the final one in my blog series on the difficulties we experience when asking for help. But after posting it, I attended a class on neediness for a course I am taking and was struck by a link between neediness and asking for help. So...read more
This is the final post in a series on the difficulties we experience when asking for help, why that is and what we can do about it. Part 1 focused on the role guilt plays and Part 2 the role self-worth plays when we don't ask for help. If you have been following this...read more
This month's blog theme is about the difficulties we experience when asking for help, why that is and what we can do about it. This post is part 2 and focuses on the role self-worth plays when we don't ask for help. Part 1 focused on the role guilt plays. When you can...read more
This month's blog theme is about the difficulties we experience when asking for help, why that is and what we can do about it. This post is part 1 and focuses on how guilt can get in the way of us asking for help. Living with health issues can mean that things take...read more
This is part 2 of last week's blog. Here's a quick recap. When living with a long-term condition, it can feel that sometimes during the holiday season you are sacrificing the fun you want to have. You may have to watch how much you do to manage fatigue and so feel...read more
The holiday season is in full swing. Everything is decorated, there are celebratory events, all those mince pies, divine meals, lashings of our favourite wine and bubbly, the desserts, and all the extra shopping! So much to choose from and so much to do! But you look...read more
There has obviously been a hiatus between my last blog post published in early November and this one. Even after I wrote about committing to posting here on a regular basis. The hiatus wasn't intentional. A medical crisis - where life and death opened the door to...read more
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
by Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." by Martin Luther King, Jr. Hello. My name is Barbara Babcock and this will be my blog/website for my venture in helping people (and their families) live well with...read more