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Re-Defining Mothering: Experiences and Coping Strategies of Mothers with Fibromyalgia (FM)

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Title: Re-Defining Mothering: Experiences and Coping Strategies of Mothers with Fibromyalgia (FM)
Author: Holmes, Elizabeth
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Public Issues Anthropology
Advisor: Kawano, Satsuki
Abstract: In this thesis, I explore how mothers with Fibromyalgia (FM) cope and manage invisible chronic illness. By addressing the invisible nature of FM, in combination with the social and cultural expectations of the idealized “good mother”, my research illustrates the multi-faceted ways FM is experienced. Intergrading perspectives from the anthropology of chronic illness and anthropology of mothering literature, I discuss topics of stigma, self-identity, and coping. Through an analysis of lived experiences of mothers with FM, I highlight the importance in recognizing how the process of diagnosis, the role of support, and the effects of stigmatization are both unique and complex. By providing nuanced accounts of mothering among those living with FM, my research explores effective strategies used to manage FM and promote more public awareness of the illness, while also offering suggestions on how to enhance the accessibility of information, resources, and services for those living with FM in Canada.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/21141
Date: 2020-06
Rights: Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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