Living a Meaningful Life and Taking Good Care of Oneself in Times of Illness: Highlighting a Dilemma


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"Blessed are you who ask for our help, for our greatest need is to be needed."—Anonymous qtd. in Reinders The current political discourse in Dutch society expects—or even demands—patients properly care for themselves. Self-management, autonomy, and control are highly valued. It is assumed that self-managing will positively influence patients' quality of life and their health.In the course of the past decades, the first author, Truus Teunissen, acquired several chronic illnesses, the most important ones being a lung disease and cancer.The condition of her own body, from the perspective of self-management, often causes a conflict between the attention...
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DOI 10.3138/ijfab.12.1.03
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