Title

Temporal Assumptions: Aging With Cystic Fibrosis

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

3-2007

Department

Sociology

Language

English

Publication Title

Unfitting Stories: Narrative Approaches to Disease, Disability, and Trauma

Abstract

In his description of the ethical potential of illness narratives, Arthur Frank (1995, 55) suggests that "the conventional expectation of any narrative, held alike by listeners and storytellers, is for a past that leads into a present that sets in place a forseeable future." Among the many problems associated with chronic illnesses, is that they threaten the ill person's temporality and their future directedness. Until recently, this has resulted in the silencing of those who experience such illnesses. The emergence and increasing legitimacy of the illness narrative, however, has begun to rectify this problem. Illness narratives have gone a long way toward providing a way for the ill to articulate what it means to be alive after the onset of chronic and life-threatening illness.

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