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Ashley Quiroz

Ms. Jizi

Uwrite 1103

3 April 2018

Annotated Bibliography

Campbell, Bruce. “The Patient's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia.” 1: The

Very Different World of Long-Term Illness | CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help,


This source is relevant to my inquiry because it is website dedicated to how to live with a

chronic illness. It’s a self-help webpage dedicated to help patients with fibromyalgia or chronic

fatigue syndrome. The more I read into the website the more I realized how many people really

go through the same feelings. I think sometimes Its good to feel like a small person in the world.

I think this source helps emphasize my feelings towards how to cope with a long-term illness. It

felt like all my preconceptions were being proven correct. The introductory page explained how

when you suffer with a chronic illness, your life changes and it doesn’t just revolve around one

aspect of your life, but all things surrounding you.

The source I am using a self-help program made for people that live with fibromyalgia or

chronic fatigue symptom. The program was created by Dr. Bruce Campbell. The program was

founded in 1998 and he served as the executive director from 1998 to 2014. Aside from being a

consultant to self-help research at Stanford University, he himself is a recovered CFS patient. I

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believe he has the experience and the knowledge to back up his program. The program has an

assistant who is an occupational therapist that has the certifications to add to the program. Being

an occupational therapist allows their to be more credibility to the program to help patients on

their day to day activities.

“Coping with Physical Illness.” Edited by Philip Timms, Royal College of Psychiatrists ,

Sept. 2016,

What I took from this article is that you should never be afraid to approach a

professional. Having someone that can help go through something as hard a physical illness can

truly help you better yourself. Not just a doctor but a therapist that could help understand ehat

you are feeling. When you are going through the initial stages of adapting to a physical illness

you feel a lot of things all at once. This article just showcased what some of the things to expect

are when you deal with a physical illness. This source helped with my inquiry because it added

to my knowledge about how symptoms can become just as hard as an illness.

The royal college of Psychiatrists was founded in 1841. It is an organization meant for

psychiatrists that want to promote awareness around illnesses. They have had publications and

books about different illnesses. Having them publicize an article on the mental effects of a

physical illness is completely backed up by their knowledge of mental illnesses.

Lewis, Peter, et al. “The Effects of Introducing Peer Support to Young People with a

Chronic Illness.” Journal of Child and Family Studies, vol. 25, no. 8, 2016, pp. 2541–2553.,


This article targeted young people and how support from others can reverse the effects of

chronic illness. This article tackled how important having support around you during an illness
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is. Having an article focus on young people was relieving to me being a young adult myself.

Being so young makes us so impressionable. We handle things differently than a kid or an adult

would. The study mentioned how when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness, you are more

likely to get depressed or have higher levels on anxiety. While I’ve been reading about how diet

and exercise is good for you, having this article highlight the effects of a support system

integrates another part that is looked over by most people. This article shows how something

that’s so simple yet so hard as having a support group can help someone counteract the effects of

a life-long illness.

The journal from which the article cam from is called “Journal of Child and Family

services.” The journal is quarterly peer reviewed and international. It keeps up with new research

and tries to apply it real world issues within childhood. The authors are researchers that were

approved for the journal. The article itself was an outline of a study in which they put kids in

support groups. The journal has been opened since 1992 and has an impact factor of 1.4 which is

good in the journal world.

Mayo Clinic . “Chronic Stress Puts Your Health at Risk.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation

for Medical Education and Research, 21 Apr. 2016,


I did not expect to find an article on just stress. While I was looking at effects of chronic

illnesses what I found instead is how stress can affect us mentally and physically. After reading

the article I realized that stress really does affect all parts of our lives. What even worse is that

we spend most of our time, stressed out. I found it interesting that some of the same things that

were in other sources to treat chronic illness, where part of the strategies to deal with stress. It

just reemphasized my belief in how undermined things like stress and chronic illness are. This
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article was relevant to my inquiry because it correlates with long term illnesses. It is easy to

imagine that when one has a long-term illness, they can get stressed. That stress of being sick

just adds to the number of symptoms you already have from your sickness. When figuring out

how to counteract the effects of an illness, you can’t undermine the stress you feel. Handling

stress could be one step towards a better quality of life.

The Mayo Clinic is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1864 by a group of

doctors. They have various hospitals around the country and are well renowned for their

research. The have a good reputation for their hospitals and knowledge. The credibility revolving

the Mayo Clinic made this a good source for my inquiry.

Ornish, Dean. “Opinion: Change Your Lifestyle, Reverse Your Diseases.” CNN, Cable

News Network, 16 Mar. 2013,


After reading the article from Dr. Ornish, I discovered a lot of statistics to back up what I

already had in my mind. This article is relevant to my inquiry because it talks about how often

we treat the symptoms instead of the causes. Often doctors will result to taking medicine for pain

but what happens when the pain never stops. One could possibly end up strung up on drugs.

While the article did sway into politics and our health care system in general, which wasn’t the

original inquiry, it does bring up the fact about how our health system handles chronic illnesses.

The article highlighted statistics that proved that living a healthy life style could improve your

quality of life. Living that life could prevent or even regress the progression of certain chronic

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While I was weary on taking an article from CNN, after doing research into the said

author , I came to the conclusion that he is in fact a credible source for my paper. Dr. Dean

Ornish has been a researcher and a physician for more than thirty years. He wrote a book called

the Spectrum which specialized in how to reverse the effects of Heart Disease. He founded and

runs a non-profit organization for preventive medicine research. This reinforced the fact that he

has experience in what he is talking about. He has dedicated his career to research preventative

tactics for people with chronic diseases. I discovered that he was even appointed to an Advisory

group under former president Obama and was in professional contact with Hillary and Bill

Clinton. I even found it interesting that while he seemed to work with the democrat side, his

article was in fact unbiased to political views.