When living with a chronic disease, the whole human being is affected and his/her experience of health challenged.Aim:
This study had a dual aim: to obtain a new understanding of experiences of the body among persons suffering from the chronic neurological disease multiple sclerosis (MS) and how they come to terms with such experiences.Method:
A total of ten interviews were re-analysed using a hermeneutic approach.Results:
The experiences of the body were revealed as ‘Learning to fly with broken wings’, comprising two themes: ‘Getting to know the foreign body’ and ‘Building a new living space’, both requiring reappraisal of time and space.Conclusion:
Living with a chronic disease such as MS means learning to fly with broken wings, which involves subordination to the body leading to a higher level of integration in the process of becoming towards health and well-being.