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Autoimmune Disease

Understanding Disability, Starting At Home

Dulcie Leimbach | Posted 12.16.2016 | Women
Dulcie Leimbach

"Understanding," a sculpture by Martin Creed, a British artist, displayed at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. ISABELLA PENNEY Our daughter, Isabella...

The On-The-Rise Autoimmune Diseases That Every Woman Needs To Know About

Well+GOOD | Posted 10.13.2016 | Healthy Living

(Photo: Unsplash/Kyle Broad) By Erin Magner for Well+Good Sore joints, eczema, headaches, low energy, digestive issues -- if you suffer through any o...

An Important Talk About The Importance Of Diabetes Awareness

Gabrielle Pfeiffer | Posted 09.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Gabrielle Pfeiffer

A spokesperson from Diabetes Research Connection has agreed to answer some questions regarding Type 1 diabetes and the research that is being conducted to understand this autoimmune disease more.

Fecal Transplants And Parasitic Infections: How Far Would You Go To Get Your Life Back?

Alice Bast | Posted 08.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Alice Bast

Madeline’s* first memory happens in the bathroom. She’s 3 years old and curled up on the cold linoleum floor in the middle of the night. She’s c...

I Have Vitiligo. Here's What It's Like to Live With This Rare Skin Condition | Posted 08.15.2016 | Healthy Living

By Chelsey Hamilton Have you heard of vitiligo? I hadn't either, before I was diagnosed with it at age 17. I was on a beach trip when I first notice...

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 02.19.2017 | 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 01.26.2017 | 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 01.11.2017 | 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...