Chronic Illness and the Meaning of Recovery

How to “recover” from an illness that can’t be cured

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re·cov·er·y (ri-kuhv-uh-ree): noun
–regaining something lost or taken away.

he medical model of illness tends to define “recovery” in very black-and-white terms. It implies a cure, or an elimination of symptoms, in which patients return to their…