Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
LEDON LLANES, Loraine. Chronic diseases and daily life. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2011, vol.37, n.4, pp.488-499. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662011000400013.
People suffering from chronic diseases have to deal with them in the physical, psyquical and symbolic spaces of their individuality. However, the human being is a social being that expresses and projects itself at different spaces of the daily life, so he is forced to go beyond this individuality to be able to keep his inter-personal relationships which is the fundamental mirror for the reconstruction of the social and personal image of subjects. Paid or non-paid occupations can be restricted and restructured on account of the need of systematic health care; this may bring about economic instability having an impact on the family structure and dynamics. The family is the source of support par excellence, particularly the couple. Living experience of restricted sexuality might be more the result of how the disease and the experience are built and approached rather than the direct consequence of the process of disease. It is important to explore the life dynamics in persons with chronic diseases within their different areas of expression, and to understand how the actors are involved in their health processes as a way of potentiating well-being, health and quality of life.
Keywords : Chronic diseases; gender; body; inter-personal relationships; occupations; family; couple; sexuality.