It wasn't pretty, but despite the fact that myasthenia gravis still choruses through my veins, I ran that marathon standing up. And who joined me for the last three miles, running alongside me? My husband, the quiet force beside me who helped me get up and dance again and run again.
Our health is a product of our genetic inheritance and our environmental exposures. Creating the healthiest possible environment, eating the right foods, and liming stress are all things we can do to optimize our genetic predispositions.
When life puts a bump in the road, you've got to grind the gears, sidestep the potholes as smoothly as possible, and keep going forward. If my friend was able to move away from the grip of her condition, then so can I.
At first -- okay, for a while -- I was angry. This was not the way I'd planned spending my formative years, after all. But then I began to contemplate making peace with my enemy, strange as that sounds.
We have long known that bacteria living on and in our bodies outnumber our cells -- which themselves sum up to a number that exceeds any hope of real understanding -- by 20 to one. We are a rounding error in our own skin.
Living with uncertainty, I have come to believe that I know things about my body that neither patients nor doctors are taught to value. Here are 10 lessons I've learned while living with chronic illness.
Six people I care about are currently living with a cancer diagnosis, including myself. Cancer is only one of the diseases that requires one to move forward without all of the answers. Each person has to find his or her own way. This is mine.
As a new year looms, we might consider abandoning the quest for superficial perfection -- and embrace the pursuit of humbler, but deeper good. The particular advantage of good over perfect is... We could actually get there from here.