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Living with a Chronic Illness

Author: Janey Willis. Scleroderma is highly variable. See Types of Scleroderma. Read Disclaimer.

Living with a chronic illness usually requires several lifestyle changes that reduce stress, limit exposure to unhealthy situations, help you get some type of exercise, encourage eating healthy, and promote lots of laughter. We hope that this section helps you discover ways to living with your illness and maintain a high quality of life. ISN.

Factors influencing the occupational trajectory of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc): a qualitative study. The decisions patients with SSc take concerning work depend on an interplay between many factors and, especially, on the patients' personal interpretation of these factors. PubMed, Clin Exp Rheumatol, 03/20/2015.

The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier. There's a reason why being kind to others is good for you and it can now be traced to a specific nerve. Times Healthline, 05/09/2013.

Your Brain on Laughter. Are they laughing at you or laughing with you? Your brain can tell the difference. Times Healthline, 05/09/2013.

Stress TestStress Test: Find your stress level by checking the events you have experienced in your life in the last year. Even vacations and holidays can add to our stress level. If your score totals 150 or more: You have a 50-50 chance of developing an illness. If your score totals 300 or more: You have a 90 percent chance of developing an illness. HealthCentral.

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