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Meghan O'Rourke on The Challenges of Chronic Illnesses

Meghan O'Rourke on The Challenges of Chronic Illnesses

Update: 2022-06-102



Meghan O’Rourke is a journalist, poet, and New York Times Bestselling author.  Her work often tackles challenging subjects like grief, illness, and more. Her previous books include the best-selling memoir The Long Goodbye, and the acclaimed poetry collections Sun in Days, Once, and Halflife. Meghan is passionate about advocating for those living with chronic illness and is the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship and many other awards.

Today, Eric and Meghan discuss her book The Invisible Kingdom:  Reimagining Chronic Illness

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Meghan O'Rourke and I Discuss The Challenges of Chronic Illnesses and...

  • Her book,  The Invisible Kingdom:  Reimagining Chronic Illness

  • Her experiences of illness and various diagnoses

  • The importance of validating a diagnosis of chronic illness

  • How diagnosis is just the small part of chronic illness

  • The common stigma of "invisible" illnesses

  • Her fears of her illnesses being in her head

  • The many complex factors that make up autoimmune illnesses

  • How different bodies will react to diseases in very different ways

  • Her frustrations and problems with conventional medicine

  • The different type of care from alternative medicine practitioners

  • The challenges of functional or alternative medicine

  • The role of emotions and how they interact with physical illness

  • Understanding how expectations can shape our biology

  • How the world responds to those suffering with chronic pain and illness

  • The role of fear and how it accompanies chronic pain and other symptoms

  • What healing from chronic illness actually means

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Meghan O'Rourke on The Challenges of Chronic Illnesses

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