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Lisa Copen

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9 Things I Have Learned Through 20 Years of Chronic Illness

(62) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 8:32 AM


As I approach my 21st year of living with degenerative rheumatoid arthritis, I consider myself well-versed in coping with chronic illness. At the same time, I am constantly surprised at the new lessons that demand to be acknowledged and learned.

Living with...

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9 Summer Survival Tools When You Have a Chronic Illness

(8) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 3:46 PM


It's summertime! And it seems everyone must be playing beach volleyball or experiencing their perfect vacation. It is easy for the chronically ill person to feel left out. Those of us with illness aren't supposed to be in the sun, we can't always...

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4 Lies We Believe About Life With Illness

(4) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 5:27 PM

When it comes to making the daily decisions about our illness it's easy to rely on instinct. Occasionally, however, our instinctive decisions about dealing with our disease can lead us astray. What we once believed about our body and its limitations when we were healthy may no longer apply, and...

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When Your Friend Is Ill the Right Words Are a Blessing

(21) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 3:45 PM

When your friend is coping with a chronic illness, it's easy to try to reach out and make him or her feel better with quick encouragement such as "just fight it, don't give in, you're stronger than this disease, don't let the illness win."

For those who live with...

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National Invisible Illness Week Features Virtual Conference This Week

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 1:11 PM

2012-09-07-iiweeklogo12smalllowres.gifNational Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is September 10-16, 2012 and this week, Monday through Friday, the campaign features a virtual conference with nearly 20 speakers.

Listeners can log on here to listen to presentations by experts who work with...

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8 Ways to Annoy a Friend With a Chronic Illness

(26) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 12:08 PM

Roughly half of the U.S. population lives with at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, chronic back pain, migraines, and others. So one would assume that most people know basic etiquette skills when it comes to what to say to one who is chronically...

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Why Chronically Ill People Hate 'Get Well' Cards

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 4:33 PM

Sandy was diagnosed with lupus last week and she is reeling from the emotional roller coaster, embarrassed about the swelling and butterfly rash on her face, and scared about the future. She just wants to crawl back into bed but she goes to the mailbox to face the reality of...

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Chronically Ill Unite to Spread Awareness of Invisible Illness

(6) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 11:36 AM

Patient bloggers are joining together to bring awareness to invisible illness issues, ranging from handicapped parking confrontations to why they hate hearing "You look so good!"

Who would guess that nearly half of the U.S. population lives with a chronic illness? According to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson...

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5 Tools to Cope With Invisible Illness

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 11:09 AM

"You look so good! You can't be as bad as you say. You look perfectly healthy." "You think you have fatigue? Try working full time plus having four children! Then you'll know what chronic fatigue is." "I think you're spending too much time thinking about how you feel. You need...
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Is Living With Illness Choosing to Give In?

(40) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 9:59 PM

Nearly one in two people live with an illness, and most chronic illnesses are invisible. Conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome to diabetes rarely have visual side effects that people can see. It creates a challenge for those who live with invisible daily chronic pain, symptoms, and side effects.


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Organizing Children's Morning Routines When You're Ill

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 3:07 PM

With nearly one in two Americans having a chronic illness, illness in the family is not unusual. But what if you are the mom or dad responsible for getting your children to school and you are in severe pain?

Though we hear frequently, a daily routine for kids can...

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Why Are We Expected to Be Brave in the Face of Illness?

(245) Comments | Posted October 24, 2010 | 11:48 AM

The headlines read "Oliver Stone Hails Michael Douglas' Brave Cancer Fight" and "Brave Brett Michaels wins Celebrity Apprentice." Even as Belgian action movie actor Jean-Claude Van Damme recovers this week from his recent heart attack, I'm sure his friends are saying he is being brave about even the admission of...

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Does "Housewife" Michaele Salahi's Confession of MS Help or Hinder Illness Awareness Issues?

(22) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 5:42 PM

If "Real Housewife" Michaele Salahi had an official brand name, it could be called Controversy and her recent announcement of multiple sclerosis has added in new debate. Is she faking it or isn't she? Most people first heard of Salahi when she and her husband allegedly crashed a White House...

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