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Autoimmune Disease

A Resolution I Can Keep

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 12.28.2016 | 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 12.21.2016 | 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 12.08.2016 | 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 12.04.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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.

Call the CDC -- A Celebrity Is Sick

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 11.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

You couldn't miss the headline: Charlie Sheen is HIV positive. Networks scrambled to cover the news that he had a virus that could someday, maybe or m...

Coping With The Monthly Reminder That I'm Not A Mom

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 11.12.2016 | Women
Nika C. Beamon

Cramping, bloating, a craving for salt and excessive fatigue let me know a week in advance that, once again, I've failed to become a mother.

What You Should, But Might Not Know, About Crohn's Disease

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 11.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Bhavani Esapathi

I'm incredibly grateful for the life I have and lead, and hate, to think there are other Crohnie's out there who aren't allowed to discover their potential simply because the rest of the world isn't able to see it.

Rules for Dating While Sick and Single

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 11.05.2016 | Women
Nika C. Beamon

I hung out with a couple of people but there was no one serious in my life until I was 28. I met a guy who made me consider dating him exclusively. The problem was I was out practice and I was getting sicker, it seemed like, every month.

Medical Misdiagnosis Nearly Killed Me

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 11.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

I knew I couldn't continue on following the lead of my doctors because they or whatever mystery condition I had was killing me. Still, I didn't take charge of my own health until the head and neck surgeon told me he suspected I had lymphoma. I knew then I wasn't ready to die, certainly not at 39.

5 Ways the Holidays Are Hard on Those With a Chronic Disease (and 10 Ways to Cope)

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 10.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachel Garlinghouse

Because holidays can be so challenging, advance preparations for those with a chronic disease are a must. Here's what I've learned to "minimize the damage":

Stop Asking 'Why Me?' Instead, Say 'Why Not?'

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 10.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nika C. Beamon

Now when I ask myself the question, "Why not me?" The answer is there's no reason I can't face anything that comes my way by adapting to control the things I can change and letting go of and pray about the things I physically can't.

Stop Using My Disease to Stop Smoking

Bethany Sales | Posted 10.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Bethany Sales

Contrary to what the CDC would like you to believe, an ostomy isn't just something that happens to a person that willfully destroys their body, it's something that happens to someone whose body is being destroyed by something beyond their control.

Underneath My Skin

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 10.23.2016 | Women
Nika C. Beamon

No one but me and a handful of doctors know what's going on underneath my skin. On the surface I look like everyone else I pass on the streets on Manhattan.

No Longer Ashamed of the Skin I'm In

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 10.20.2016 | Women
Nika C. Beamon

I didn't realize how self-deprecating my behavior was until I noticed my fiancé staring at me as I lotioned my body after getting out of the shower one day. As I grabbed my towel to cover myself, I snapped at him, "What are you looking at?" He answered, "you."

Confronting My Prejudices About People Like Me

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 10.16.2016 | Black Voices
Nika C. Beamon

I harbor prejudices about people like me: Black and living in the inner city. However, I wasn't fully aware of it until one night I hobbled on to the number one subway train on Manhattan's Upper West Side using my cane.

In The Amazon, Scientists Seek A Cure For Autoimmune Disease

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.17.2015 | Science

Ten years ago, Mark Pischea, then a 42-year-old political consultant and father of five from Williamston, Michigan, was rushed to the hospital with se...

Am I Too Ill To Wed?

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 10.12.2016 | Weddings
Nika C. Beamon

From the second my fiancé slid a ring on my finger on Christmas Day three years ago, I wondered if it was fair to him for me to say yes. My doubt had nothing to do with whether I loved him; I was certain I did. I wondered if the autoimmune disease that damaged nearly every organ and joint in my body made me too much of financial and emotional burden to be anyone's bride.

Lupus, Selena Gomez's Autoimmune Disease, Explained

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.22.2016 | Healthy Living

In an interview with Billboard magazine this week, Selena Gomez confirmed she's been struggling with an autoimmune disease that forced her to take a s...

Why Health Is the True Key to Success

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

Along the way, I've learned the most valuable lesson; that without my health my success was stunted and with it I could soar. So, I've dedicated myself to taking care of my body. In my case, that's keeping my autoimmune condition under control to the best of my ability. By doing this, I am and will be prepared for whatever comes my way.

Laughter Through the Pain

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 10.05.2016 | Black Voices
Nika C. Beamon

So, in honor of what would've been Bernie's 58th birthday, the Bernie Mac Foundation is asking everyone to wear purple on October 5th. Purple is the color of Sarcoidosis awareness. I'm going to wear it; that's the least I can do to repay him for all he gave me. How about you?

#InvisibleIllnessWeek Is Over -- What Happens Now?

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 10.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Bhavani Esapathi

Health is merely a spectrum under which all of us fall into in one place or another, and this is especially true when you think of invisible autoimmune conditions which are very much part of you yet pose a number of problems.

Why I Won't Give Up Trying to Conceive a Baby

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Nika C. Beamon

The devastation of that day still haunts me. I frequently think about how old my son or daughter would be now. Every time that thought crosses my mind, I sink into a depression and wonder: why can't I do something so basic as have a child?

After Living With A J-Pouch, No Amount Of Baby Poop Can Scare Me

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Melissa Silverstein

Like the majority of the population I was born with a colon. However, unlike the majority of the population, I no longer have one. I now have a j-pouch, and it basically changed my life. But the one thing that continued to haunt me was the main reason I almost declined having the surgery: infertility.

The Multiple Sclerosis Hug and What You Can Do to Manage It

Cathy Chester | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Cathy Chester

An MS hug feels like a band, or girdle-like, sensation tightening around your waist. People sometimes describe it as annoying and others say it can be quite painful.