My reflection on living with a chronic illness

Assignment Topic: My Reflection on Living with a Chronic Illness

Reflecting on the views and feelings you have explored and expressed this term about living with a chronic illness, please address the following 4 questions with no more than the word count allotted per question, (please write this assignment in first person and reference using APA):

  1. What thoughts and feelings, insights or aha moments about living with a chronic illness have changed for you during this course, if at all? (250 words)

******Please I want you to include in your discussions what is chronic illness and how people live with it? Talk about illness trajectory What is common in all these trajectories? What is different? and why is it important for nurses to understand chronic illness and illness trajectory?

  1. Choose one research study on chronic illness that you have critically reviewed. How might these findings give insight into enhancing the health, well-being and quality of life of those living with a chronic illness? (250 words) *****Here you can choose to write on Diabetes or if you find an article on Mental health challenges
  2. What questions remain for you about living with a chronic illness? (250 words)
  3. Take a photo or share a photo or art of something that represents your feelings and thoughts about living with a chronic illness and include a brief description of how this photo represents your feelings and ideas about living with a chronic illness. Include how your ideas about living with a chronic illness in this photograph link with concepts from the course. (300 words)



**Ensure you provide a reference list with at least 5 scholarly references from the course or from your own literature search for this assignment. Use APA (7th Edition) formatting when citing references in your answers to each question and for the reference list.


Format of the Paper: write in sentences, and use correct grammar. Edit all papers carefully before handing in. The paper must be typed, single-spaced is acceptable for this final assignment, you can use first person, use Times New Roman 12pt font. Include title page, reference list and appendices.

See Rubric for this paper below:


Marking Rubric Final Assignment:



A-to A                            High to Excellent B to B+

Satisfactory to Highly Satisfactory

C to C+


Quality of Answers to 4 questions on final assignment Exceptional consideration of each of the 4 questions. Reflects outstanding work of exceptional quality.  Well organized, connections evident and logical conclusions. Deep critical and analytical thinking; innovative ideas present and well integrated with other content and feelings- No or minimal APA and grammatical errors.

Integrates notable creativity with image and thoughtful description of feelings and thoughts.

Excellent consideration of the 4questions. Well organized, connections identifiable, and logical conclusions & connections. Sound critical and analytical thinking.  Minimal (1 or 2) APA and grammatical errors.

Integrates some creativity with image and description.

Good to very good consideration of the 4 questions. Organization of thoughts could be improved upon although some connections identifiable. Some critical and analytical thinking. Some (3 or more) APA and grammatical errors.

Includes picture and limited description.

Some consideration of views of the 4 questions. Lack of organization with connections between course material and paper difficult to identify. Vague conclusions. Some weaknesses in content and/or structure with important details or perspectives left out. Repeating APA and grammatical errors.
Use of literature and resources. Excellent use of the literature (10 or more references/resources with at least 5 from scholarly journals); Draws on a wide range of current and/or relevant sources that serve as the foundation of arguments/proposals.  Evidence of much effort and personal involvement with the topic.  All 4 questions answered with extensive reasoning, creativity and explanations. Connects ideas and concepts to one another and to other concepts beyond the course or through the use of metaphor. Good use of the literature (at least 5 references/resource with at least 3 from scholarly journals); draws on a range of current and/or relevant sources that serve as the foundation of arguments/proposals.  Evidence of effort and personal involvement with the topic.  All 4 questions answered with reasoning and explanations. Connects ideas and concepts to one another. Some use of the literature (3-5 references with at least one from a scholarly journal); most details and perspectives are discussed, but considerations of additional ones would have improved the assignment.  Some evidence of personal involvement with the topic. Most of the 4 questions answered with reasoning and explanations. Ideas and concepts are organized. Minimal use of the literature (less than 3 references); minimal evidence of critical and analytical thinking; transitions may be inconsistent; evidence may be occasionally unconvincing or incomplete.  At times lacks clarity and succinctness.  Minimal evidence of personal involvement with the topic.  Some of the 4 questions answered with some reasoning/explanations but not sufficient for assignment. Ideas need organizing.











The Voices in My Head by Eleanor Longden


A Tale of Mental Illness from the Inside by Elyn Saks


Ruby Wax: What's so funny about mental illness?


You can choose from these scholarly paper references list below these were recommended in this course or feel free to find yours.




Henly, S. J., Wyman, J. F., & Findorff, M. J. (2011). Health and illness over time: the trajectory perspective in nursing science. Nursing research, 60(3 Suppl), S5–S14.


Murray, S. A., Kendall, M., Boyd, K., & Sheikh, A. (2005). Illness trajectories and palliative care. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 330(7498), 1007–1011.


White, K., Issac, M. S., Kamoun, C., Leygues, J., & Cohn, S. (2018). The THRIVE model: A framework and review of internal and external predictors of coping with chronic illness. Health psychology open, 5(2), 2055102918793552.



Solomon, P., O'Brien, K., Wilkins, S., & Gervais, N. (2014). Aging with HIV and disability: The role of uncertainty. AIDS care, 26(2), 240-245.



Steinke, E.E. (2013). Sexuality and chronic illness. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 2013; 39(11):18-27


 Griscti, O., Aston, M., Warner, G., Martin‐Misener, R., & Mcleod, D. (2017). Power and resistance within the hospital’s hierarchical system: the experiences of chronically ill patients. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(1-2), 238–247.

Handling Isolation That Comes from Chronic Illness

Click link to open resource.




Ploeg, J., Matthew-Maich, N., Fraser, K., Dufour, S., McAiney, C., Kaasalainen, S., markle-Reid, M., Upshur, R., Cleghorn, L.& Emili, A. (2017). Managing multiple chronic conditions in the community: a Canadian qualitative study of the experiences of older adults, family caregivers and healthcare providers. (Report). BMC Geriatrics, 17(1), 40.


Guillaumie, L., Therrien, D., Bujold, M., Pelletier, J., Bujold, L., & Lauzier, S. (2019). Perspectives of Quebec primary health care nurse practitioners on their role and challenges in chronic disease management: A qualitative study. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.


Gucciardi, E., Reynolds, E., Karam, G., Beanlands, H., Sidani, S., & Espin, S. (2019). Group-based storytelling in disease self-management among people with diabetes. Chronic Illness, Advance online publication.