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Developing a Rich Inner Life When Chronic Illness Puts Limits on Your Body

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In Gabor Maté’s book “When the Body Says No,” he talks about the onset of some illnesses like cancer and autoimmune diseases as having a traceable connection to the propensity of “stuffing” negative emotions like fear and anger and the compounding toll that takes on the body.

In it, he discusses Stephen Hawking‘s experience with ALS. In particular, Maté is looking at Hawking’s ability to survive the ALS diagnosis so much longer than most who are diagnosed with it.

In his analysis, Maté says, Having his bodily needs (feeding, cleaning, dressing, toileting, etc.) attended to, he gets on about the business of doing science and writing books.

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