Narratives of Chronic Illness

Narratives of Chronic Illness

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 17:00–18:30
Library, Thomas Coram Research Unit,
27 – 28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA

All welcome, particularly graduate students

Sharon Martinelli, University of Malta
‘No shame, no guilt. Don’t be ashamed of your story – It will hopefully inspire others’
Narratives of chronic illness

Life experiences have led me to surmise that chronicity generates unique challenges for women. This in itself warrants further exploration, explication, and understanding. The research question guiding this project is, ‘What are women’s experiences of living with a chronic condition in Malta?’ According to Mcleod (2015), research questions are borne out of personal experience and aspiring to make a difference in practice. Subsequently, the driving force fuelling this project is my own self as a person, a woman, a daughter, a mother, a professional nurse and a counsellor, and my own illness narrative. I aim to look beyond the ‘medicalisation’ and ‘pathology’ of chronic illness, to provide the time, space and opportunity to tune in with the voice of the ‘sufferer’, ‘survivor’ and/or the ‘victim’ of the illness trajectory through narrative by adopting an auto-ethnographic approach. I intend to share reflections on how illness narratives not only reflect illness experiences but also contribute to the experience and means of constructing a bridge between research and practice (Etherington, 2000).

Sharon Martinelli is currently an Assistant Lecturer with the University of Malta, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing and she is pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Malta 

She is a nurse by profession, whose work has also involved management. She steered the development of a number of projects in community care services both the public arena, and in the private sector and also led development of degree programmes in nurse education in community which today she is coordinating. She has supported Individuals and their families in the most vulnerable times of their lives. Appreciating life, meaning and positivity are her ethos in life. 

For further details please contact Corinne Squire at or Carolina Gutierrez Munoz, 

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