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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHello again, and congratulations on completing week one. Hopefully you have more understanding of being diagnosed with and living with diabetes, and the importance of health, wellness and holism in living with a chronic illness. In summary, it is important to have a sense of your own meaning of health and wellness, which will be different for different people. However, for most people, it will probably include having a balance between the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of ourselves. It probably involves having a sense of purpose, direction, and goals and sense of achievement.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsThe notion of holism, or that a person is more than the total sum of their parts, suggests an interconnection between our physical, social, and psychological selves, and relationship with the environments in which we live, study and work. From this perspective, people living with chronic illness are not defined or necessarily limited by their illness, but find innovative ways to manage and live well. It is now time to look forward to what you will be learning in week two. Next week, we will continue to explore the impact of being diagnosed with diabetes, and also the attitudes of others towards diabetes. We'll also look more closely at living well with diabetes, and in particular, self-efficacy and self-management.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 secondsYou will have plenty of opportunity to join in the conversation and debate key issues.

Weekly wrap-up and where to next

We have explored what health is, how we define illness and how concepts of wellness and holism may influence how we approach its management.

Next week, we’ll explore what it’s like to live with diabetes in more depth by looking at:

  • the impact of being diagnosed with diabetes
  • how stigma impacts on the experience of living with diabetes
  • the importance of self-care, self-efficacy and self-management.

Your task

Watch the video to reflect on the key concepts that you’ve covered this week.

Have there been any concepts explored so far that have challenged the way you think about health, illness and how they might be approached?

Take this opportunity to use the comments section to share your key takeaways for the week or ask other learners any questions you might have.

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This video is from the free online course:

Living Well with Diabetes

Deakin University

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

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    Living with chronic illness
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    Chronic illness is increasing in all countries and comes at significant human, social and economic cost.