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On this Sunday, I felt that I needed to speak on a topic and that is, Chronic Illness and how we can be there for the people that matter most to us that are suffering with this long-term condition.

Now, if you did not know – Chronic illness refers to a long-term medical condition that requires ongoing management and treatment.

These illnesses can range from autoimmune disorders and neurological conditions to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. When a loved one is dealing with a chronic illness, it can be challenging to know how best to support them. It’s important to understand that chronic illnesses often have a significant impact on a person’s physical and emotional well-being, and can greatly affect their quality of life.

To be more supportive and patient with someone who is struggling with a chronic illness, it’s important to listen to them and validate their feelings. Encouraging them to express their concerns and fears, and offering to help in practical ways can also be beneficial.

It’s also important to be patient with them and understand that they may need extra time or accommodations to complete daily tasks or participate in activities. Other ways to be supportive include educating yourself about their illness, being a good listener, and avoiding judgment or unsolicited advice.

Above all, show your loved one that you care and are there for them, even when things are difficult.

Thank you for watching and please let me know if you or someone you know has or is suffering with this illness and what has worked to manage this pain.

Take care,
Shane Wenzel

Shane Wenzel

Shane is the President & CEO of the Shane Homes Group of Companies and the namesake. Shane's responsibilities include strategic direction for the companies, policy advice for the building industry through BILD Calgary, and political involvement through the Alberta Enterprise Group on the economy, making him an industry leader in his field. Shane's sales and marketing background comes from growing up with two entrepreneurial parents, Cal and Edith, and participating in a business advisory group. On the personal side, Shane considers himself a bit of a "tech junky" and social media influencer on various platforms. He's also proudly apart of the LGBTQ community.