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Chronic Illness

What Are 'Words' to a Chronic Pain Sufferer

Melissa Curley Bogner | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Curley Bogner

Millions of people live with chronic pain, yet I often feel as if I'm the only person suffering in the world. Pain sometimes makes me feel isolated from everyone, and everything.

An Earthquake Strikes? A Flood Hits? Grab the Insulin!

Oleg Chestnov | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Oleg Chestnov

After a disaster, when stress may be ubiquitous and access to medications scant, routine cases of cardiovascular disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes can quickly evolve into life-threatening emergencies.

How Can I Improve Depressive Symptoms While Living With HIV?

Allison Webel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Allison Webel

Depression is not caused by personal weakness, laziness, or lack of willpower. Depressive symptoms are related to a biochemical imbalance can are impacted by you genetics, your HIV and other chronic illness, and your medications.

Fight Like A Girl: A Call for Lupus Awareness

Kesha Morant Williams | Posted 05.17.2016 | Black Voices
Kesha Morant Williams

In honor of lupus awareness month this piece pays tribute to Kimberly Flynt Willis, a beautiful wife, mother, daughter, and friend who earned her angel wings on Saturday May 14, 2016.

Why the FDA's New Warning Labels for Popular Antibiotics Matter

Elizabeth S Mitchell | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth S Mitchell

Though the FDA's ruling comes too late for me and for many of my fellow floxies, we are victorious nonetheless; we have been heard. And if our voices successfully prevent even one other person from experiencing the life-altering effects of these drugs, then we will not have suffered in vain.

25 Things People With Fibromyalgia Want You To Know

Puja Rios | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is a biweekly, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into the...

What Chronic Illness Taught Me About Sleep

Hannah Steinkopf-Frank | Posted 05.10.2016 | College
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank

Because of my hypothyroidism, I am more aware of the impacts of bad life choices. And it's more than just the morning after a crazy Friday night. Staying up late doing homework or covering a show leaves me exhausted all day.

Spirituality and Illness: The Connection You Might Not Expect!

Beth Green | Posted 05.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Beth Green

And so my illness is the essence of my spirituality, because my suffering reflects the earth's suffering, and because my suffering connects me to you and to the whole.

Brayden's Story: Braving a Life of Fire

Melissa Curley Bogner | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Curley Bogner

Brayden and his family have learned to deal with the constant staring and comments from strangers. Typical remarks include: "Wow, you're really sunburned," or "Did your legs get burned in a fire?"

#CollegeSurvival: For Students who Suffer from a Mental Illness

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.04.2016 | Education
Montclair Diplomats

This is not the typical guide on how to tackle your first year of college, but one on how to cope and even excel during your college years while livin...

Not All Disabilities Are Visible

Kate Mitchell | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Kate Mitchell

Think about how many people you see who are clearly disabled during an average week. Statistically, for every person you've seen who looks disabled, you've seen at least 4 more who are disabled but don't look it.

"Patients with Chronic Illness Rally to Raise Funds, Awareness, and Hope"

Stephanie Land | Posted 05.02.2016 | Impact
 Stephanie Land

Ron Davis, best known for helping to spearhead the Human Genome project, posts a selfie where he's wearing a cape and a pair of briefs over his regula...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 3 -- Doc Appointments, You Are Your Own Best Advocate

Puja Rios | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

If you aren't getting the results you're looking for, I encourage you to keep fighting. Keep looking, keep an open mind and don't compromise. If you know you can do more, do it. This condition can be managed and you can live a better life.

Taking a Bite Out of Apple's CareKit

Mylea Charvat, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Mylea Charvat, Ph.D.

Apple now makes it easy for patients to keep up with care plans, track symptoms and medications, and share that information with a care team -- all from a mobile device.

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Eighteen: Seeking the Target

Catherine Armsden | Posted 04.22.2016 | 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...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 2 -- Your Rheumatologist... The Secret Sauce

Puja Rios | Posted 05.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Part of my mission is to bring the Fibromyalgia Survivor community together to offer real support and encouragement to one another. You can be part of this movement by sharing your story too. Have you found the right doctor for your wants and needs? Please tell us your story in the conversation below, let's talk about it.

Unbreakable Hope

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

As CF and its truth steadily chip away at my being, I can't help but reflect over these past several years and the extended and frequent courses of powerful antibiotics.

3 Powerful Ways to Kick Stigma to the Curb

Toni Feldstein | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Toni Feldstein

Stigma has complicated effects both on our psyche and on our path to wellness. It can even keep us from seeking medical help and intensify the feelings of loneliness and isolation we're already experiencing.

Chronically Realistic: I'm Gonna Hurt No Matter What I Do

Bree Hogan | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Bree Hogan

I can either sit at home, feel sorry for myself and be all-consumed by the pain, or I can make the best of my situation and do the things that make me happy.

6 Ways To Discover Our Value Beyond The World Of Work

Elisa Friedlander | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Elisa Friedlander

Work is not our identity; we are so much more. The personal qualities we brought to our jobs are what continue to make us whole and worthwhile. Put work aside for now and take a look inside yourself. You'll discover you never stopped being valuable.

Caregivers: The Problem With Being Strong

Adria Firestone | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Adria Firestone

That is who I am, a lifeline, a caregiver. That's not love, that is need; a very unfulfilling one-way street. The past five months have seen surgery after surgery and the care and feeding of a very grumpy man who growls about everything.

Basic Myths about Disability I Can't Believe We Still Have to Debunk

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 04.05.2016 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

To be honest, I was really hoping that what I'm about to write was common knowledge by now. I really wish that society in general understood disability better, but it seems necessary to counter the basic inaccurate beliefs people have about disability and those who live with it.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Finding Answers, Part 1 -- I Was Just Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia, Yay... Wait... What?

Puja Rios | Posted 05.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

What most people don't know about my "normal life" is that every second of every day is spent managing and coping with my chronic pain that will never go away.

What Community Health Workers Can Teach Us

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

And let's do remember that that same power of relationship influences the quality of our everyday visits with our health professionals. And, what someone with a chronic illness decides to do, and not do, when they leave their doctor's office.

What It's Really Like To Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Stephanie Land | Posted 03.30.2016 | Healthy Living
 Stephanie Land

I found out recently an old friend of mine, Whitney Dafoe, has a severe disease. He'd posted on his website that he was sick, but when he'd said "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome," I thought that meant normal or mundane tasks overly exhausted him and that was the end of his affliction.