Body Image Introduction Body image results in an impact on the experience of chronic illness. Altered body image is experience by patients with many chronic diseases such as cancer because both the impact of disease and treatment are so strong. Body image refers to a change in body function or appearance which causes deep distress for the patient and negatively impacts on their quality of life and potential rehabilitation (Price, 2009). In the film Diving bell and the butterfly, based on a true story, Bauby experiences the deepest type of contradiction where he is absolutely free inside but totally trapped. In this situation, body image becomes a strategy to maintain sanity. Concept Body image is defines as “the relationship we develop...The end:
.....anging. In chronic illness, there is a dramatic alteration in body image. The patient, as the film shows, has resources and strategies that can be used to cope with the impact of changed body image even the most adverse conditions. . References Buyukyilmaz , F. & Sendir , M. (2009). Evaluation of body image and self-esteem in patients with external fixation devices. Orthopedic Nursing, 28(4), 169-176. Price, B. (2009). Understanding patient accounts of body image change. Cancer Nursing Practice, 8(6), 29-34. Ryan, T. & Morrison, T. (2009). Factors perceived to influence young Irish men’s body image investment. International Journal of Men’s Health, 8(3), 213-234. Schnabel, J. (2007). Diving bell and the butterfly. Universal Studios.