When There Is No Cure

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Author: Craig Svensson


How to Thrive While Living with the Pain and Suffering of Chronic Illness

How do you live well when the physical foundation of your life is crumbling? This is the challenge for millions who live with diseases for which there is no cure. These incurable ailments produce a life of constant pain, fatigue, numbness, dizziness, and other debilitating symptoms that create chronic suffering. Can you thrive in life while experiencing the suffering persistent sickness provokes? In When There Is No Cure, Dr. Craig Svensson guides readers to a path of thriving when life’s journey includes an incurable ailment. Drawing on his expertise as a pharmacist-scientist, as well as a fellow sufferer with several incurable diseases, he helps patients steer through the twists and turns of life with chronic illness.

Dr Svensson addresses questions such as the following:

• How do we get physicians to take our health complaints seriously?
• Where do we turn when doctors acknowledge our ailment with upturned hands and confess they don’t know how to help?
• How do we deal with the overwhelming sense of loss with an untreatable diagnosis—one sure to produce profound changes in our life?
• How do we address those whose reaction to our ailment increases our suffering?
• Can we live well with inescapable pain?
• How do we avoid living in a state of fear when facing an uncertain prognosis?
• Should we try to keep our disease a secret from others?
• How do we choose between treatment options when each could cause harm?
• How do we tell if new symptoms are from our chronic disease or signs of some new ailment?
• How do we live with regret when an ailment is a result of choices we made?
• How can those who love us help?

About the author:

Craig K. Svensson is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology in the Purdue University College of Pharmacy, as well as Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Svensson received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University at Buffalo.