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Autoimmune Disease

Things People With Narcolepsy Love to Hear! Just Kidding.

Jessica Larson | Posted 06.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Jessica Larson

Oh okay. That's a super suggestion because my doctor is actually Dr. Who! I'll just make an appointment with him and demand that he team up with Harry Potter to advance medical research by several decades or so.

What You Need to Know About Clock Genes and Your Health

Stephanie Weaver | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Weaver

You may have heard of biorhythms or circadian rhythms; both terms refer to the action of clock genes, a hot new area of research. These genes also respond to natural environmental rhythms.

Small Miracles Ensure My Survival

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 05.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nika C. Beamon

Whether I'm getting a helping hand from a neighbor, taking pills to ease the symptoms of my condition, accepting an arm of support from a mother, or receiving a grace period from a meter maid, I believe, all the little acts make each day bearable, brighter, and better than the day before; these are my miracles.

Rising From the Depths of Despair

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 05.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nika C. Beamon

I covet that seed and I pray every night before I sleep that it will grow. And, it does slowly, allowing each day to be easier than the one before. I go from sitting on the toilet to style my chair and brush my teeth to standing while I do it all.

Dear People With Narcolepsy, You Are Awesome!

Jessica Larson | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Jessica Larson

So to everyone who has narcolepsy and still wakes up every day: YOU ARE AMAZING. You win. And don't ever believe otherwise. Stand up for yourself. This is your life, and you can do incredible things! You just have to realize that. Don't be afraid to tell your story.

Stop Asking Me About Diarrhea at the Dinner Table

Alice Bast | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Alice Bast

In honor of this month and in recognition of all invisible illnesses, our community is asking that you look beyond the surface. See past the gluten-free diet and recognize the person that is living with a serious genetic autoimmune disease.

Why Managing Diabetes Is a Full-Time Job

Brittany Gilleland | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Brittany Gilleland

I don't think we as diabetics give ourselves half of the credit that we should. "Having diabetes is like running a marathon -- where there isn't a fi...

When Education Is Met With Ire

Hannah Ross Crane | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Hannah Ross Crane

It simply cannot remain the case that people with celiac disease are left to suffer for years before receiving a proper diagnosis, that they live in shame because many do not recognize the severity of their disease, that they are questioned or viewed as picky or high maintenance.

Perceptions and Misconceptions

Allison Toepperwein | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Allison Toepperwein

Never be afraid to ever say, "I have no idea what you're going through." Try to be someone's perception of light, in an all too often misconceived dim world.

What I Would Tell My 12-Year-Old Self Today About Managing Diabetes

Brittany Gilleland | Posted 04.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Brittany Gilleland

Finding out that you have diabetes is a very difficult concept to process, no matter the age. But being that I was 12 years old at the time, I feel that it inhibited my conscious effort to accept being diabetic. Looking back, I'm surprised that I'm alive today.

I'm 34, But I Just Had My 10th Birthday

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 03.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachel Garlinghouse

I will never take for granted that on March 24, 2006, I was saved from death. I was on the brink. And after being sick for so long and being given up on, I myself was ready to give up. But just in the proverbial nick of time, I got an answer. I got a second chance.

Finding the Healer Within

Erica Benedicto | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Erica Benedicto

Medical providers must shift their focus from fixers to guides who impart necessary information, resources, tools, redirection, encouragement and hand the baton back to the patient. We should be available when they're veering off course but otherwise let them steer the ship.

5 Things You Can Do to Help Reverse Your Autoimmune Disease That Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

Amy Myers, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy Myers, M.D.

After treating thousands of patients with autoimmunity and other chronic health conditions, I have found that by addressing five common environmental and lifestyle factors we can help restore the balance of your immune system and often reverse your autoimmune disease.

Where IDSA Guidelines Fail, Leading Lyme Doctor Succeeds (Part II)

Dana Parish | Posted 03.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Dana Parish

Dr. Steven E. Phillips is a Yale-trained, world-renowned Lyme specialist who has treated over 20,000 patients. He is well-published in the peer-reviewed medical literature and was a former president of The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. This is part 2 of my interview with him:

Learning to Walk a Second Time Sucks, But I Won't Quit

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

I know the procedures I had are only temporary and my legs will fail again. I will have to learn to walk a third time. I'm confident I will because I won't quit.

Stop Making Fun Of Gluten-Free Eaters

Alice Bast | Posted 02.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Alice Bast

Stop making light of the gluten-free diet. Are there people out there following a gluten-free diet for its perceived health benefits? Absolutely. Is it tempting to make fun of cultural fads? Certainly. Would we make fun of people with diabetes for needing to monitor their diets and use insulin? No. People with celiac disease don't have a choice.

Nick Cannon Looks Back On His 'Super Scary' Lupus Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.24.2016 | Healthy Living

Nick Cannon didn't know anything about lupus nephritis when he was first diagnosed in 2012, so hearing that some of his other health complications wer...

People Prescribed Opioids Are Not Automatically 'Junkies'

Kate Mitchell | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Kate Mitchell

We are the ones suffering the most from people making light of our struggles. We are the ones being treated like addicts while our bodies attack us. We are the ones suffering. Would you say that someone living with cancer was drug seeking and looking for opiates to get high, not for pain relief? Why would that be okay to someone living with chronic pain?

Should you be eating gluten-free?

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 01.27.2016 | New York
Dr. David Samadi

While wheat is one of the main foods in the Western diet, it is also the number one enemy for those who suffer from a gluten allergy or who have celia...

Celiac Disease Community: Looking to Go Beyond

Alice Bast | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Alice Bast

A dear friend of mine watches her daughter battle cancer. Each day, she fears that she will do what every parent dreads most -- bury her child. But be...

A Resolution I Can Keep

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

I could go on because my list of faults is many but they're within my power to fix. If I'm successful at making sure I'm a better person on the inside, who I really am will radiate on the outside, and erase any concerns I have about superficial flaws like weight or appearance. And, these changes will ensure 2016 and every year after is a happy new year.

A Sick Woman's Christmas Gift

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nika C. Beamon

The twinkling lights from the garland strung across the door way to my kitchen left a golden haze over the dining room, which was packed with people; ...

Chemotherapy Isn't Only for Cancer Patients

Chanel White | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Upon hearing the word 'chemotherapy,' most people jump to the same conclusions, with the same general consensus on how chemo works, who receives it and what side effects it has on the body. The truth is chemotherapy isn't only for cancer patients, and affects each patient differently depending on how it is used.

When I Blow Out My Candles

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 12.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nika C. Beamon

On Dec. 17, when I go to blow out my candles again I will again re-examine my master to do list, which contains all the things I want to accomplish in this life before I go. I know I'll be able to check off a few more things.

I've a Few Reasons Not to Be Thankful But I Am

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

More importantly, I've learned that despite all of my obstacles I'm still better off than so many in the world. I have job, I have family, I have a home, I have a man who loves me in the worst of times and I have faith; those things have and will continue to allow me to see why I must give thanks every day.