If you have been recently diagsed or are currently dealing with a chronic or terminal illness, this book was written for you. We may t kw each other or have ever met, but I want to help you learn how to successfully manage your medical condition. Through my own years of chronic illness, I have had to learn many of these lessons the hard way, through trial and error. Hopefully my experiences, and the strategies outlined, can serve as a guide to help you avoid the frustrations I have felt and move you directly toward successful control over your medical situation.
Nancy Matthews is a disability counselor with cystic fibrosis (CF) and diabetes. She has been waging a battle with CF, a terminal genetic disorder, for many years. In January of 2007, Nancy's body entered the end stages of CF. She is currently awaiting a double lung transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Nancy holds a BA in Psychology and an MSEd in Counseling, both from St. Bonaventure University (SBU). She served as the Coordinator of Disability Support Services at SBU from 1999 to 2007. Using her extensive counseling and personal experience dealing with chronic and terminal illness, Nancy authored this guide to assist people of all ages and stages of illness to successfully cope with their diagnosis.