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How Do You Manage Guilt and Chronic Illness?

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As I discussed in my last post, “Do you have a lot of guilt with chronic illness?” guilt and chronic illness are good friends.

They circle one another and are familiar traveling companions. If you experience chronic illness, you likely know your way around some guilt.

Guilt about not getting things done, guilt about not showing up in the ways you’d like to, guilt over who you once were, who you’d like to be, etc. Guilt, like so many of our shame-based emotions, doesn’t serve. Guilt doesn’t serve me; it doesn’t serve those for whom I’m feeling guilty. However, much like a hollow point bullet, once it pierces the body, it can ricochet around, tearing things up and generally making a mess of our insides. So, what can be done?

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