We each have a different story with a life full of different experiences, which contribute towards who we are, how we behave and interact with the world. Even though we often face similar challenges, our experiences, perceptions, beliefs, and motivations can be completely different.
Individuals living with chronic disease or illness acquire many Lived Experiences through the diagnosis, treatment, and management of their condition and symptoms. When shared, these personal stories and Lived Experiences can provide unique insights for other people living with the same condition.
Living with a chronic disease, such as Type 2 diabetes, may evoke feelings of overwhelm, frustration and isolation for individuals without an effective support network of peers who understand the full experience of living with Type 2 diabetes.
However, it has been proven that the sharing of Lived Experiences within a peer support network can be a powerful tool for improving disease self-management and quality of life, by improvement in positive health behaviours in individuals living with chronic disease, such as Type 2 diabetes.
*Lived Experience can be defined as “personal knowledge about the world gained through direct, first-hand involvement in everyday events…”
IPCIUM asked LinkedIn community members... If available to you, would you consider joining a facilitated chronic disease peer support group to share your Lived Experiences?"
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