Living with a chronic illness can have negative impacts on one's self esteem. Author and patient David Spero, R.N., writes, "Make a written list of things you do well – as many as you can think of, but at least five – no matter how small or large. Keep reading the list over and over until you have memorized it, and add more items as you think of them. Now make a list of five or more things you like about yourself. Next, write a list of your positive attributes, of anything good anyone has ever said about you, and any positive adjectives you can think of that apply to you. Ask a friend or family member for help with the list (and help them with theirs!). Write these lists in big letters, and look at them at least once a day." (Source: The Art of Getting Well: A Five-Step Plan for Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness, by David Spero, R.N. Published by Hunter House and available at www.hunterhouse.com or by calling 1-800-266-5592.)
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