FEATURESThe Lived Experience of Healthy Behaviors in People With Debilitating IllnessHaynes, Donna F. PhD, APRN, BC, FNP; J. Watt, Paula PhD, APRN, BC, FNPAuthor Information Joseph F. Sullivan Center, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. Corresponding Author: Donna F. Haynes, PhD, APRN, BC, FNP, Joseph F. Sullivan Center, Clemson University, 101 Edwards Hall, Clemson, SC 29634 ([email protected]). Holistic Nursing Practice: January 2008 - Volume 22 - Issue 1 - p 44-53 doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000306328.34085.57 Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of healthy behaviors in individuals living with debilitating illness. Two key concepts developed: spirituality and focus/adaptation. Professionals empowering an individual's innate spirituality can markedly improve adaptation, successful living with chronic illness, and quality of life. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.