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Transcendence and Transformation in the Life Patterns of Women Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Neill, Jane RN, PhD, FRCNA

Advances in Nursing Science: June 2002 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 27-47
Health Transitions

Considering personal life stories as the context for health transitions can enhance understanding of what is meaningful in living with chronic illness. Informed by Margaret Newman's theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness, this interpretive study described the life patterns of three women with rheumatoid arthritis as a process of expanding consciousness. The women's stories revealed transcendence of self-boundaries and personal transformation as new ways of living, including "simple pleasures" and "being positive." Through understanding life patterns within caring nursing partnerships, transitions in an entire life story can be appreciated as complex processes involving transcendence and transformation.

Senior Lecturer in Nursing; School of Nursing and Midwifery; Flinders University; Adelaide, Australia

© 2002 Aspen Publishers, Inc.