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Chronic Illness

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.

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.

How My Chronic Pain Affects Body Image

Stephanie Harper | Posted 03.24.2016 | Women
Stephanie Harper

I can't physically be the person I want to be. And that's been a hard pill to swallow.

Advocating for Women With Chronic Illness on International Women's Day

Michelle Noehren | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

The time is now for paid family and medical leave. Seriously ill employees shouldn't have to worry about how they are going to pay their bills at the same time as they worry about how they will get through the day.

How I Learned to Appreciate Nancy Reagan and Hair Spray

Joanna Charnas | Posted 03.07.2016 | Style
Joanna Charnas

Living with a chronic illness, as I do, is not always about managing big issues like medications and treatment options or about maintenance of adequat...

How a Rare Disease Can Teach Us About Our Greatest Story

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

When I earned my medical degree, I understood that it granted me the right to practice medicine. But over the years, I have learned that this degree has also given me the great honor and privilege to hear people's stories. I have been given a front row seat in the class of the human condition.

3 Reasons I am Distinctly Abled - The Underestimation of Disability in Business

Jay Crisp Crow | Posted 03.01.2016 | Business
Jay Crisp Crow

Here's a list (extensive but not exclusive) of things I am totally rocking at that will help your business: - Using the resources I have to cr...

Why You Should Know About Medical Fitness and Lisa Dougherty

Riva Greenberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Lisa Dougherty was inspired by her father, a four-time cancer survivor, to leave her job on Wall Street and pursue a career in helping others. In her 30s, she went back to school and started her own medical fitness business. That was the beginning.

A Stranger's Touch Eased My Pain

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 02.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

But this time, I felt like a person and not just another patient. Like my pain mattered; my needs mattered. I felt my survival matter that I made me fight harder to endure what I was going through.

The Inner Chaos of Anxiety

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

There's a bottomless well of churning thought and emotion that engulfs the very core of our being and is born of a silent inner strength. That strengt...

People Prescribed Opioids Are Not Automatically 'Junkies'

Kate Mitchell | Posted 02.19.2016 | 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?

My Father's Influence on Managing Chronic Illness: Common Sense and Saliva

Joanna Charnas | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

Dad, who didn't have any scientific or medical training, had insisted that the patterns in the tie supported my brain development. Decades later, science proved Dad correct.

The One Thing We Actually Need From Friends as Special Needs Parents

The Mighty | Posted 02.15.2016 | Parents
The Mighty

All we need from a friend or family member, whether they live in our world of medical or behavioral challenges or not, is simply the acknowledgement that it's really freaking tough sometimes.

Facing Addiction: It's Time to Focus on Solutions

Jim Hood | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jim Hood

I will never be able to turn my attention away from addiction. It's time to start facing addiction with the urgency these deeply disturbing statistics demand and asking ourselves tougher questions -- and demanding better answers -- than ever before.

The 7 Most Profound Ways That Love Can Make You Healthier

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living

Can love really conquer all? We asked, you answered.

What to Say to a Friend With Cancer

Kimberly Fink | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Fink

At age 32, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. One of the things that struck me the most is how tough it was to have genuine conversations with friends and colleagues after my cancer diagnosis. There is no other way to say it... people just get awkward.

Dear Friends: Please Stop Health Shaming Me for Not Going Out

Kassy Scarcia | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Kassy Scarcia

Taking care of my health is a top priority for me and I don't need to feel guilty for that. Staying home to sleep instead of watching a basketball game does not make me a bad fan. Going home after work instead of getting drinks does not make me anti-social. And sleeping in on the weekend does not make me lazy.

A Life Without Food: The Dinner Table

Michaela Shelley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Michaela Shelley

Being unable to eat food is not only about the physical consequences of eating, it is also about the social and emotional aspect that comes along with it. Although I may want the food, I just can't have it.