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Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 15 - The Ultimate Guide to Online Support

Puja Rios | Posted 02.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Who's to say Valentine's Day is only about champagne, chocolate and roses? Don't get me wrong, I will gladly cheers to you with a glass of Moët, but ...

Beyond Patient Centered Healthcare

William Haseltine | Posted 02.08.2017 | Healthy Living
William Haseltine

I co authored this article with my colleague from ACCESS Health Singapore, Denise Ong "Patient centered care" is a term that has become ubiquitous in...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 14 -- Proof to Convince a Non-Believer

Puja Rios | Posted 01.26.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

For those of you that are going through this, first and foremost, I am here for you.

Don't Repeal Me, Please!

Karin Schott | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics
Karin Schott

I can go through long periods of remission. Sometimes years. There are times when I am strong. I can haul 50 lb. bales of hay, show a cow who is boss. But when life is stressful, like say after a divorce or economic insecurity, the stress can be too much and I get sick.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 13 -- 3 Ways I Fight Isolation

Puja Rios | Posted 01.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Isolation and Chronic Pain go hand in hand, there's no sugar coating it. Anyone with CP knows that we make deliberate choices about our schedules ever...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 12 -- The Secret to a New Year Resolution

Puja Rios | Posted 01.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Here's to a happy and healthy New Year!" Before my diagnosis, I remember thinking how empty those words sounded to me. Of course I was going to ha...

How To Enjoy Your Holidays While Managing Chronic Illness

Clorinda Walley | Posted 12.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Clorinda Walley

Holiday season is upon us. For many people this is the most joyful time of year, but for those who suffer from chronic disease, the month of December ...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Eliminate Recurring Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 11.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Heal Your Chronic Pain: Understand The Source Of Recurring Pain and Learn Effective Techniques To Eliminate It. If there's one thing I know for sure,...

How Palliative Care Helped My Son Live

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 11.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Canvasser

The first words that came to mind when my son’s surgeon referred our family to pediatric palliative care were “hospice” and “death.” I inter...

A Betraying Breath : Living In The Uncertainty Of A Chronic Illness

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

All it takes is but a single breath for life to become so very real. In a single breath the heaviness of life and its fragility can pour into the dept...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 11 -- Ongoing Effects of Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 11.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

The Struggle is Real For the most part, in my life and in my blog, I choose to stay optimistic. As you've seen in this blog, I'd rather focus on solu...

Self-Image (And Health Image) In A Time Of Crohn’s Disease

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Sarah Blahovec

This is not going to be a blog on how I managed to overcome my insecurities about my own body image and Crohn’s disease and managed to radically lov...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 10 -- The Dangers of Negative Thinking

Puja Rios | Posted 10.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Since my 2008 diagnosis, I have experienced a list of grievances so long, I could complain about them every minute of every day, month after month and...

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Thirty: On and Off, Up and Down

Catherine Armsden | Posted 10.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Armsden

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding cr...

Don't Let A Chronic Health Condition Diminish Your Sex Life

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 10.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

A chronic medical condition not only can bring changes to the normalcy of your everyday life, but it can also bring significant changes to your love l...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Founder of "Spoon Theory" Needs Your Help

Puja Rios | Posted 10.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Whether you have Fibromyalgia, Lupus, CFS, depression or any invisible disease, you know the guilt that comes along with it. Asking for help feels lik...

What Epilepsy Did

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 10.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

I'm not saying that I'm glad that I have epilepsy. What I'm saying is that, in having epilepsy, lemonade has been made out of the lemons that I have been given.

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist In No Acute Distress -- Episode 29: The Sun Comes Up

Catherine Armsden | Posted 10.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Armsden

A few days after my Parkinson's diagnosis in 2009, I scanned my shelves for a book to take on a family road trip to Los Angeles and randomly plucked one a friend had passed on to me a several years earlier.

What 1989 And The Golden Girls Tell Us About Medicine Today

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.23.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Today, 1989 may be most associated with Taylor Swift: It is the album that won her a second Grammy for Album of the Year. Not only that, it happens t...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 9 -- 15 Things to Know Once You're Diagnosed with Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 09.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

In 2007, the iPhone turned one year old, Fibromyalgia wasn't recognized as an actual condition and David Hasselhoff got really drunk and tried to eat ...

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Twenty-Eight: Mountains to Murals

Catherine Armsden | Posted 09.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Armsden

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding cr...

Do Invisible Health Problems Exist?

David Michael Conner | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

To dismiss patients' words is akin to throwing away a report from the most sensitive diagnostic technology that has yet to be invented. A little respect and a lot more empathy would go a long way in advancing medical research and practice.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 8 -- 9 Quick Tips for Sleeping with Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more." -Wilson Mizener As funny as Mizener's quote is, sleep is no laughing matte...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Leave A 'Chemical Signature' In The Blood

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.01.2016 | Healthy Living

People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can wait years before being diagnosed with the condition, and there is no single test for it. But a new stu...

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Twenty-Six: Why?

Catherine Armsden | Posted 08.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Armsden

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding cr...